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#1 12 Killed in Rampage in Rural Britain06-02-2010, 04:54 PM
12 Killed in Rampage in Rural Britain
Police officers stood next to a body after a shooting rampage on Wednesday in the town of Whitehaven in northwest England.
By JOHN F. BURNS
Published: June 2, 2010
LONDON — Britain experienced its worst shooting rampage in years on Wednesday when a 52-year-old taxi driver killed at least 12 people and wounded about 25 others before shooting himself in a remote area of the Lake District, one of the country’s most celebrated beauty spots.
The police identified the killer as Derrick Bird, a longtime resident of the area and said they had found his body in woodland on the western edges of the Lake District National Park, about 200 miles northwest of London in the county of Cumbria. They said they had also found a gun, of a type they did not identify.
Britain has some of the strongest gun control laws of any country in Europe.
The police said the man had gone on a three-hour killing spree that started in mid-morning in the coastal town of Whitehaven, and continued as he drove a zigzag route that took him 25 miles. He first headed south along a road going inland then east up into the Lakeland hills, driving through towns and villages — Egremont, Seascale, Gosforth and Boot, among others — that are a regular part of the tourist trail through the Lake District. In all, the police said, they are investigating 30 crime scenes where shootings occurred.
The police said Mr. Bird eventually crashed his car, a Citroën Picasso, and fled on foot before shooting himself dead. His body was found near the village of Boot, about 10 miles from Grasmere, where the Romantic poet William Wordsworth spent much of his life.
Newspaper accounts said Mr. Bird shot his first victim, another taxi driver, in the head at close range at a taxi rank in Whitehaven, a quiet coastal town, before getting into his car and shooting, apparently at random, through the shattered windshield of his car.
The Daily Mail newspaper said pedestrians there raced frantically for cover as he sprayed the streets with bullets. It said Mr. Bird shot a young farmer, identified as Gary Purdham, a married father of two in his 30s, as he worked in the field near Gosforth with his uncle.
06-02-2010, 05:09 PM
He had two weapons, a 22 and a shotgun, to save anyone asking.
This is a strange one, in that several people who knew the guy seemed to think he was Joe Ordinary, not a loner, and with no obvious motive.20010911
nie vergessen, nie verzeihen.
06-02-2010, 05:12 PM
06-02-2010, 05:13 PM
Do british cops carry guns now? I can't tell from the photo, the female cops are wearing black pants and one of them is standing behind a barrier of some sort.
I feel sorry for the british. This kind of thing doesn't happen very often there, but when it does, it's bad.
06-02-2010, 05:36 PM
25+ injured, 3 or more critical.
UK cops rarely carry firearms. There will have been armed response units out looking for the guy, but these are specialist units.20010911
nie vergessen, nie verzeihen.
06-02-2010, 08:46 PM
This guy roamed around for 3 hours, killed 12 people and wounded 25. 3 hours! All in one huge nationwide gun free zone. Not a one of his victims ever had the chance to choose to defend themselves simply because some bleeding heart beatniks decided that every subject-citizen was too untrustworthy to own a firearm. It's a shameful thing."In England a king hath little more to do than to make war and give away places; which in plain terms, is to impoverish the nation and set it together by the ears. A pretty business indeed for a man to be allowed eight hundred thousand sterling a year for, and worshipped into the bargain! Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived."
—Thomas Paine, Common Sense
06-02-2010, 08:49 PM
How do the expect anyone to take girl cops in silly hats without weapons seriously. Why not give them cars with off center wheels, that would complete the picture!
06-02-2010, 10:05 PM
Well, to be fair - the police exist to provide investigative services to the court system, to haul off the really out-of-control drunks, and to arrest whomever the DA's office fingers. They don't have a serious duty to protect, a least not here in the States.
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