Gunman Kills 12, Wounds 25 in England

Taxi driver Derrick Bird found dead, described as 'quiet, fairly popular'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 2, 2010 11:05 AM CDT
Gunman Kills 5, Wounds 25 in England
This is a undated handout photo issued by Cumbria Police on Wednesday June 2, 2010 of Derrick Bird, 52, from Rowrah, northwest England.   (AP Photo/Cumbria Police, Ho)

(Newser) – A taxi driver described as quiet but friendly went on a shooting spree across a picturesque rural area of northwestern England today, killing at least 12 people and wounding 25 before apparently turning the gun on himself. Officers found a body believed to be that of 52-year-old suspect Derrick Bird in woodland near the Lake District village of Boot, Cumbria police said. A gun was found alongside the body.

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Police said that as well as the deaths, 25 people were wounded in shootings in the small town of Whitehaven and nearby Seascale and Egremont, about 350 miles northwest of London. The BBC reported there had been shootings in 11 locations, not all of them fatal. Witnesses described seeing the gunman driving around shooting out the window of his car. Barrie Walker, a doctor in Seascale who certified one of the deaths, told the BBC that victims had been shot in the face, apparently with a shotgun. (Read more Britain stories.)

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