Sadly another murder spree has left several communities in northern England bewildered and in shock. Taxi driver Derrick Bird, armed with a shotgun and automatic hunting rifle, drove for 3 hours through small villages and towns randomly firing at the locals. Many of the victims were shot at point blank range after he beckoned them over to his car.In the end 12 people were dead and 25 injured in what has become Britain’s worst mass shooting since Dunblane, when 16 children and teachers were killed. After his rampage Mr Bird killed himself in a wooded area (as they do) near a farm once owned by children’s writer Beatrice Potter. It is believed Mr Bird’s twin brother was one of the first victims. A fight at work, over rivals stealing cabbie fares, may have triggered the rampage but it is also being reported Mr Bird was upset over issues with his mother’s will and was suffering financial troubles.
It has also been reported that prior to the rampage Mr Bird tried to get help from a local hospital but was turned away.