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Gunman Derrick Bird kills 12, wounds 25 then found dead after shooting spree in northern England
- From: NewsCore
- June 03, 2010 5:25AM
Police stand next tothe body of one of the gunman's victims.At least 12 people were killed/ AP Source: AP
Derrick Bird shot himself after his three-and-half-hour rampage / AP Source: AP
- Gunman's body found in woodland
- At least 12 people killed, 25 wounded
- Taxi rank dispute reportedly behind killings
POLICE have found the body of a taxi driver who killed at least 12 people and wounded 25 more in a three-and-a-half hour shooting spree in northern England.
Derrick Bird, 52, was found in woodland near Boot, Cumbria, by police. He had shot himself, sources said.
A local taxi driver claimed that Bird shot three cab drivers in Lake District town of Whitehaven- two fatally- after arguing with them the night before, The Sun reported.
He said: "All of the taxi drivers were friends. But I heard last night there was an argument on the taxi rank."
A friend of Bird's said that he had told him: "You won't see me again."
Bird had recently become a grandfather and lived alone. He was described as a "quiet man" who was a "very difficult man to drag a conversation out of".
A police spokesman said: "Police have seized a gun from the scene and are now working to formally confirm the identity of the deceased and the number of people injured or dead."
Armed police were scrambled at 10.35am (7.30pm AEST) after reports of a man opening fire from his car on a busy street in Whitehaven.
Bird'smurder spree began whenhe drove up to the taxi rank in the centre Whitehaven, got out of his car and deliberately targeted his colleagues.
He shot at least one in the head at close quarters and then returned to his vehicle to make his escape.
It as at that point that he began firing indiscriminately through the smashed windscreen as he careered through the town.
Terrified pedestrians were forced to dash for cover as he sprayed the streets with bullets. Others holed themselves up in shops, pubs and houses.
There were reports of shootings at 11 different locations.
One of his victims was a farmer's son from Gosforth, whom he shot at point-blank range about an hour after the Whitehaven shootings.
Gary Purdham was trimming hedges with his uncle when Bird drove past, wound down his car window and shot him, said witnesses.
One local, who did not want to be named, said Mr Purdham was in his early 30s and had two young children.
Rod Davies, landlord of Gosforth Hall Inn, said: "The guy flipped for whatever reason. Whether it was pre-meditated, we don't know.
"We've heard he returned home and shot his mother. Then he has gone on a spree to Seascale."
A doctor who identified one of Bird's victims said: "I had never seen shotgun injuries like this, and people lying on pavements in a quiet village, blood flowing on streets.
"The public were incredibly shocked. The public had never seen anything like this before.
"I know the person I identified as lying dead. I know him very well. He is very well known around the village."
The doctor said that he also saw people, including a woman, with serious injuries in a Range Rover.
He said: "The people in the car were locals as well. It is going to be difficult for lots of people in the village. The lady I identified was very well known throughout west Cumbria."
Another doctor said witnesses were "traumatised" by the sight of the bodies, many of which had firearm wounds to the face.
One woman, who lives in Egremont, said she had seen a body lying on a road bridge in the town.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said: "One of them is lying down on the bridge.
"We suspect it's a man but the body is covered up now."
Where the shootings took place
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Another witness, Alan Hannah, told how he heard a loud bang before seeing the gunman pull up outside Whitehaven police station this morning.
Mr Hannah described how he fled the town after seeing the man leaning out of his car window.
The 68-year-old, from Great Broughton, Cumbria, said: "I saw people standing around the taxi rank looking stunned.
"As I turned past the police station I saw all these officers running out and realised something was major going on so I moved over to the right-hand lane.
"Then a car pulled up on the left, stopping at the lights. I saw a man with a large shotgun and his windscreen was smashed.
"I drove through the red light to get into Lowther Street and get out of the way. I got home safely but was very shaken."
Brian Edwards, a 67-year-old joiner came face-to-face with the gunman in Whitehaven.
He said: "I heard a bang and thought at first it might be the cannon that they fire at the docks - but it was too early,
"There were four shots and I looked round to see the taxi driver lying on the pavement.
"Seconds before he had been standing in a doorway having a cigarette just ten feet away from us - he was just blasted in the head by the gunman at point-blank range.
"He was in a terrible state and I didn't think he could still be alive.
"Then a man carrying a rifle with a large telescopic sight on it ran past just feet away and fired again."
Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to do everything possible to help communities "shattered" by the killing spree in Cumbria.
He told the Commons: "The Government will do everything it possibly can to help the local community and those affected and to keep the House informed.
"When lives and communities are suddenly shattered in this way, our thoughts should be with all those caught up in these tragic events, especially the families and friends of those killed or injured."