Twelve people have been killed by a
gunman who went on the rampage across Cumbria in north-west England.
Taxi driver Derrick Bird shot dead
a colleague in the town of Whitehaven before driving through the countryside
apparently targeting people at random.
Twenty-five others have been
injured, three critically. Police say they are dealing with 30 separate crime
Mr Bird’s body was found in a
wooded area in Boot in the Lake District and two weapons have been recovered.
Cumbria Police’s Deputy Chief
Constable said: “We are still at a very early stage in our investigation
and we are not able to really understand the motivation behind it – or establish
whether this was a premeditated or random attack.
After the first shooting, witnesses
said Mr Bird drove through Whitehaven with a gun hanging out of his car window,
then headed south through Gosforth and Seascale before turning inland.
After the shootings, detectives
said 52-year-old Mr Bird drove to the central Lakes in a Citroen Picasso, and
then abandoned it in the Boot area.
It’s the worst
mass shooting in England since a gunman killed 16 people and fatally shot
himself in Hungerford in 1987.