Skip to comments.Gunman kills 12 people in Cumbria rampage(UK)
Posted on 06/02/2010 7:12:33 PM PDT by marktwain
Twelve people were 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. Eleven others were injured, three critically and five seriously. Mr Bird's body was found in a wooded area in Boot in the Lake District, where a shotgun and a rifle fitted with a telescopic sight were recovered. Five victims were named locally as Darren Rewcastle, Garry Purdham, Kenneth Fishburn, Jane Robinson and Michael Pike. Mr Rewcastle was a taxi driver. Mr Purdham was a farmer's son and is believed to have had two young children. Mr Fishburn, from Egremont, is understood to have been a retired security worker at the nearby Sellafield nuclear site. Flowers were left at the spot where he died, with a card saying "RIP Ken - tragically taken but not forgotten". Ms Robinson was shot dead in Drigg Road in Seascale, just yards from the home she shared with her twin sister, Barrie. The mass shooting is the UK's worst since 1996, when Thomas Hamilton killed 16 children and their teacher in an attack at a school in Dunblane, Scotland. In 1987 gun fanatic Michael Ryan killed 16 people in Hungerford, Berkshire. The Queen said she was "deeply shocked" by the Cumbria shootings and shared the country's "grief and horror". Kenneth Fishburn tribute A message of sympathy where Kenneth Fishburn was shot in Egremont Hospital sources told the BBC that one injured woman in her 20s was being treated for gunshot wounds to her chest, arm and side. Another man, believed to be a local taxi driver, suffered a serious gunshot wound to his hand.
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