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June 3, 2010

UK Taxi driver goes on shooting spree

POLITICS - Yesterday a 52-year-old taxi driver Derrick Bird went on a shooting rampage and killing 12 people and injuring 25 more in the quiet region of Cumbria west of Newcastle. He began by shooting people in one location, driving to another spot and shooting more, repeating this process. Today UK police are cleaning up 18 different crime scenes and trying to determine why these shootings happened.

The first victims were the Derrick Bird's brother and a solicitor, giving rise to theories it may have been related to a legal dispute. The next victims were other taxi drivers, suggesting Derrick Bird may have had issues with his co-workers or competition.

He even went through the trouble of switching cars, traveling from town to town as he left a wake of dead civilians and the injured.

Among the dead are:

David Bird was the first victim, the shooter's twin brother. It is believed Derrick rowed with his brother over his terminally-ill mother's will.

Kevin Commons, 60, was a senior partner at KJ Commons & Co solicitors. He was found dead in the driveway of his house on Frizington Road, Frizington.

Darren Rewcastle, a taxi driver, who was killed as Bird produced a gun and shot fellow taxi drivers in Duke Street, Whitehaven.

Susan Hughes, 57, was shot in the stomach in the Hagget End area of Egremont. She was walking home from a local shop when Bird killed her.

Ken Fishburn, a retired security worker at the Sellafield nuclear power plant, was killed on a bridge in Egremont. He was in his sixties.

Isaac Dixon was gunned down on the Egremont to Haile road near Wilton. The part-time mole catcher was in conversation with a farmer when Bird shot him dead at the edge of a field in Carleton, Cumbria. The farmer was left unharmed.

James "Jimmy" Jackson and Jennifer Jackson, retired husband and wife in their 60s were was gunned down in Wilton.

Garry Purdham, the 30-year-old son of a farmer, was gunned down around 11.30 AM as he fixed a gate on his family's Low Boonwood Farm.

Jane Robinson, a woman in her 70s, was shot dead outside her home she shared with her twin sister in Seascale. She was killed while going door-to-door delivering Betterware catalogues.

Michael Pike was shot dead in Seascale around midday. The 64-year-old was shot to death while riding a bicycle in the village.

James Clark, a 23-year-old real estate agent, was driving through Seascale when Bird opened fire on him. It is unclear whether it was one of Bird's bullets or the resulting crash which killed him.

The gunman Derrick Bird was found in a wooded area east of Beckfoot. He had shot himself.

England is in shock today with even Queen Elizabeth II expressing condolences and a Coronation Street episode being pulled from the lineup because the plot included a shooting rampage.

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