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Witness reveals brave victim who survived shotgun blast risked her life to put bedsheet over bodies

One of the survivors of the Plymouth gun rampage ventured out into the street moments after being shot to place a blanket over the bodies of a murdered father and toddler.

Despite her own injuries, Michelle Parsonage braved being targeted again by gunman Jake Davison to cover the bodies of Lee Martyn and his three-year-old daughter Sophie who had been shot dead.

Mrs Parsonage, 53, was later taken to hospital after sustaining wounds to her hand and arm after Davison had fired through the door of her home.

Her 33-year-old son Ben was also injured but both are expected to make a full recovery.

Michelle Parsonage (pictured) ventured out into the street moments after being shot to place a blanket over the bodies of a murdered father and toddler

Despite her own injuries, Michelle Parsonage braved being targeted again by gunman Jake Davison to cover the bodies of Lee Martyn and his three-year-old daughter Sophie (pictured) who had been shot dead

Despite her own injuries, Michelle Parsonage braved being targeted again by gunman Jake Davison to cover the bodies of Lee Martyn and his three-year-old daughter Sophie (pictured) who had been shot dead

Mrs Parsonage, 53, was later taken to hospital after sustaining wounds to her hand and arm after Davison (pictured) had fired through the door of her home

Mrs Parsonage, 53, was later taken to hospital after sustaining wounds to her hand and arm after Davison (pictured) had fired through the door of her home

A witness told MailOnline today: ‘She’s a very courageous woman because the gunman had only seconds left the street and headed into the park.

‘She herself had already been shot and wounded yet she put her life on the line to make sure the father and daughter killed had some dignity.

‘Her door had been shot through but I saw her come back out of the house and lay a bedsheet or blanket over their bodies before going back inside.

‘The gunman was still going at this point and there were still gun shots ringing out.’

The witness, who asked not to be named, revealed how he watched Davison, a loner who suffered from mental health issues and who had built up a hatred of women, target some of those killed.

He said: ‘The man and his little girl had tried to make a run for it but the gunman hit him in the back from about 20-30ft away.

Sophie and Lee were rushed to nearby Derriford hospital, where Lee's wife Becky works, but both passed away despite the medics' best efforts

Sophie and Lee were rushed to nearby Derriford hospital, where Lee’s wife Becky works, but both passed away despite the medics’ best efforts

‘As he slumped down to the ground, he tried to shield his daughter and kind of fell down on top of her to try and give her some sort of protection.

‘But the gunman walked up to both of them and fired a couple of shots at them at close range.

‘He stood there momentarily until someone at the Parsonage’s home opened their front door to see what was going on and the gunman swung round and fired a few shots at them.

‘I was watching out the window and he momentarily caught sight of me and so I ducked down out the way.

‘My wife was about to open the door to see what was going on but I grabbed her and told her to get upstairs to safety.

‘By this point I was on the phone to a police controller and telling them what was going on.

‘I saw the gunman head down towards the park and just as he was out of sight, Michelle came out with the blanket.’

The back of Plymouth gunman Jake Davison's house is pictured today as the police cordon was lifted

The back of Plymouth gunman Jake Davison’s house is pictured today as the police cordon was lifted

A light was on in one of the windows at Davison's home in the quiet road in Plymouth on Sunday

A light was on in one of the windows at Davison’s home in the quiet road in Plymouth on Sunday

The witness continued: ‘After some minutes, the police told me on the phone that it had come to and end, that the situation was now under control.

‘I then walked to where I’d heard the shots in the park. I saw a man lying face down in the park.

‘There wasn’t any blood I could see but he was motionless, almost like he was asleep.

‘I instinctively thought to see if he needed help but I then thought to better not move him. I knew he’d gone.

‘The reports I’ve read since mentioned the gun used was some kind of shotgun. It didn’t look like that, it looked to me to be a semi-automatic rifle.

‘It had a handle at the top of the barrel and he was able to fire a number of shots seemingly without having to re-load.’

Jake Davison's mother Maxine  was the first to be killed. She and other relatives are claimed to have begged the police and NHS to help him with mental health problems

Jake Davison’s mother Maxine  was the first to be killed. She and other relatives are claimed to have begged the police and NHS to help him with mental health problems

Mr Washington (pictured above) had been out walking with his 'beautiful' huskies, who rushed back home to raise the alarm with concerned family members

Mr Washington (pictured above) had been out walking with his ‘beautiful’ huskies, who rushed back home to raise the alarm with concerned family members 

66-year-old Kate Shepherd was Davison's final victim, and was gunned down by Blush hair salon in Plymouth

66-year-old Kate Shepherd was Davison’s final victim, and was gunned down by Blush hair salon in Plymouth

Davison shot dead his mother Maxine first of all during his killing spree on Thursday evening in the Keyham district of Plymouth before shooting and killing Mr Martyn and his daughter Sophie, who had been pushing a toy pram up the street.

Davison then aimed and shot at Ben and Michelle before walking out of a cul-de-sac and shooting dead dog walker Stephen Washington, 59.

His last victim was 66-year Kate Shepherd, who was shot dead outside the Blush hair salon, before he turned the gun on himself and took his own life.

It emerged on Friday Davison had his gun taken from him in December 2020 following an allegation of assault made two-months previously.

But the gun was returned to him in early July after he attended an anger management course and was classed by police as fit again to hold the weapon.

The matter is being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).


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