A lone gunman went on a shooting rampage in Cumbria in the North of England on Wednesday killing 12 and injuring 25 others before turning the gun on himself.
Police called the worst massacre since 1996 when 16 children and one adult in Dunblane.
Detective Constable Stuart Hyde today said: “This has shocked the people of Cumbria and around the country to the core.”
The killer identified as Derrick Bird,52 at taxi driver in Whitehaven, Cumbria, England. Birds body was found in the woods near the hamlet of Boot,Cumbria.
Bird started his shooting rampage in Whitehaven. From The Sun:
Police said tonight two weapons have been found and they are investigating 30 different crime scenes.
A local taxi driver claimed that Bird gunned down three cab drivers in Whitehaven this morning after having an argument with them last night.
He said: “All of the taxi drivers were friends. But I heard last night there was an argument on the taxi rank.”
Police say Bird shot his victims from the driver’s window. Most were shot in the head:
Witnesses today described horrific scenes as Bird shot many of his victims in the HEAD at point-blank range.
Cops had been desperately hunting Bird from Rowrah, near Frizington, after a series of bodies were discovered along a 15 mile stretch of the Cumbrian coast.Cumbrian constabulary searching for Bird at 10:30 GST:
Armed cops were scrambled at 10.35am after reports of a man opening fire from his car on a busy street in Whitehaven.
Witnesses describe what they saw and talked about the victims they know:
A 66-year-old woman was among the dead in Seascale, a family friend confirmed.
Unmarried Jane Robinson was shot in Drigg Road just yards from the home she shared with her twin sister Barrie.
Speaking at the house today, a family friend said: “I can confirm that very sadly Jane was killed.
“Her sister Barrie is too upset to talk at the moment.”
One of the taxi drivers killed by Bird was named locally as Darren Rewcastle.
A fellow cabbie said he had known Mr Rewcastle, whom he described as being in his 30s, for five years.
People nearby said the victim was Kenneth Fishburn, a retired security worker at the nearby Sellafield nuclear power plant.
He also killed retired trade union organiser and father-of-two Michael Pike, 64, who was out cycling.
It was reported that a farmer’s son was gunned down at point-blank range about an hour after the Whitehaven shootings in the village of Gosforth.
He was named locally as Gary Purdham. He was shot as he worked in a field, local residents said.
Mr Purdham was trimming hedges with his uncle just before midday when Bird drove past, wound down his car window and blasted him, according to a neighbour.
One local, who did not want to be named, said the farmer’s son was in his early 30s and had two young children.
Police were contacting families and friends of the shooting victims.
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