Britain is in shock following one man’s killing spree in the Lake District, which left at least 12 people dead.
Police believe Derrick Bird began by opening fire on a man in Whitehaven, then fired shots in at least 10 other places before killing himself in a small wood near the village of Boot.
Local hospitals have declared a major incident and are dealing with at least 25 wounded victims.
For the moment there are no explanations as to why this 52-year-old taxi driver went on a rampage.
The killings have stunned the quiet community.
“We believe he took his own life,” said Stuart Hyde of Cumbria police. “No shots were fired by police officers. Throughout the day we have been dealing with a very fast-paced operation that stretched over three hours and emergency services responded during very difficult and challenging circumstances. We are currently attending somwhere in the region of 30 different crime scenes.”
Gun laws are so strict in Britain that this kind of incident is rare. The last one was in 1996, when 16 children and a teacher were killed by a gunman in Dunblane in Scotland.