UK Taxi Driver Kills 12, Wounds 25 in England

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
" class="fancy" rel="story_group" href="http://media.graytvinc.com/images/ENGLAND-Shooting2.jpg"> British police say a taxi driver went on a shooting spree across rural northwestern England, killing 12 people and wounding 25 others before turning the gun on himself.

Police stand next to a body following a shooting on Duke Street, in the town of Whitehaven in northwest England Wednesday June 2, 2010. British police were hunting down a man suspected in a shooting spree that has left more than one person dead in northwest England. The Cumbria Constabulary said there have been "a number of fatalities" as well as several injuries after shots were fired in the town of Whitehaven and nearby Seascale and Egremont. (AP Photo/Rod Minchin/PA Wire)

SEASCALE, England (AP) - British police say a taxi driver went on a shooting spree across rural northwestern England, killing 12 people and wounding 25 others before turning the gun on himself.

The rampage in the county of Cumbria is Britain's deadliest mass shooting since 1996 and shocked a country where gun ownership is
tightly restricted.

Police Deputy Chief Constable Stuart Hyde says the rampage "has shocked the people of Cumbria and around the country to the core."

Officers found the body of 52-year-old suspect Derrick Bird in woods near the Lake District village of Boot. A gun was found alongside the body.

The shootings took place Wednesday in the town of Whitehaven and
nearby Seascale and Egremont, about 350 miles (560 kilometers) northwest of London.


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