Plymouth shooting eyewitness had just got tattoo and ‘hid under pool table’

A woman had just got a tattoo when she heard screaming and saw Plymouth mass shooter Jake Davison during his deadly rampage.

Peggy Holliday told of her "living nightmare" as she hid under a pool table and watched the incident "unfold" in the Keyham area of the city on Thursday.

She told ITV News West Country she as she was walking into a shop when she heard screaming.

"There was an incident that unfolded in front of me. I couldn't quite register the shooter's face," she said.

"I think my brain was in panic. It all just happened so quickly. I was in complete flight mode. People were terrified.

"It was like a living nightmare, like something you see out of the movies. It's something I will never be able to forget."

Miss Holliday, who works as an intern at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, said the shooting was "sheer violence".

She said: "I heard gunshots but I thought they were fireworks.

"My brain didn't even conceive the idea they were gunshots. I headed up the road following the crowd of people and it was just violence, sheer violence.

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"A couple of the gunshots went off and I ran opposite a pub and the owner came out and he shouted at me 'get in here, get in here now'."

She said she "literally clung underneath one of the pool tables for dear life" before she froze.

"It literally felt like a living nightmare, it felt like I was being hunted," she said.

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A three-year-old and her father are among the five shot dead in the rampage.

Tributes have been paid to Lee Martyn, 43, and tragic daughter Sophie after Davison opened fire on the quiet cul-de-sac yesterday.

The maniac scaffolder shot the pair at random after first targeting his mum Maxine Davison, 51, in her home and killed two others with a pump-action shotgun.

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Tributes have now flooded in for the tragic dad, who had adopted Sophie with his wife around two years ago.

Devon and Cornwall Police have named the other victims of Davison's Plymouth shooting spree as three-year-old Sophie Martyn and her father Lee Martyn, 43; Stephen Washington, 59 and Kate Shepherd, 66.

Police continue to investigate, and have urged members of the public not to share footage of the aftermath of the incident.

Labour's Luke Pollard, the MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has urged people in the local community to come together for a candlelit vigil at 9pm on Friday in North Down Crescent Park, Keyham, to pay tribute to the victims of Thursday's mass shooting.

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