Bird was convinced that he would be jailed immediately after the meeting. Terrified and bleeding, the solicitor scrambled out of the vehicle and began stumbling towards home. Bird followed. He executed his victim with two. He drove to the home of a friend to whom he had sold a more modern, more accurate and ultimately more deadly shotgun the night before.
Mercifully, the friend, Neil Jacques, was not at home and his wife, Carol, refused to show him where it was. Had she not done so, police fear, the death toll could have been even higher. Unperturbed, the killer drove into Whitehaven to seek out some of the taxi drivers who had ridiculed him over his personal hygiene and the state of his taxi. He reached the end of the taxi rank in Duke Street at Darren Rewcastle, 43, his erstwhile friend, was returning from a sandwich shop when Bird called him over.
In a modus operandi he would repeat time and time again over the next 90 minutes, he beckoned him over to the front passenger window of his Citroen Picasso. Mr Rewcastle was greeted by a shotgun blast to the face and a second to his abdomen. He died in the street where he fell. A minute later Bird was at the front of the rank, pointing his.
He turned to take cover but was caught by a single bullet in the back. When he began crawling along the street — an image captured on CCTV - Bird got out of his car and followed at him, leveling his rifle as he went. He was about to shoot once more when another driver shouted at him to stop. Inexplicably, Bird did so and returned to his car. He had been out of the vehicle for 24 seconds. It was They were closing in on Bird as he shot at his next victim. Terence Kennedy, another taxi driver, was heading in the opposite direction when the killer recognised him.
As the two cars drew level Bird smiled, pointed the shotgun towards him and opened fire.
Mr Kennedy suffered such severe injuries that his lower arm was later amputated. His passenger, Emma Purcival, was sprayed by shotgun pellets. He pointed his weapon at the two officers inside and both ducked for cover. When they looked up again they saw him driving away at speed. Susan Hughes, 57, was carrying her shopping through Egremont when Bird drew up alongside. He shot her twice before getting out of his car, wrestling with her, and completing the execution with a shot to the side of her head. Cumbria's deputy chief constable, Stuart Hyde, said police had yet to establish whether it was a premeditated or random attack.
It was a "terrifying and horrific incident", he said. The Queen said she was "deeply shocked by the appalling news" and expressed sympathy to those affected. David Cameron pledged to assist communities "shattered" by the killings. The home secretary, Theresa May, said the events were "very serious and tragic". It is the third tragedy to hit west Cumbria in six months, following the devastating floods last year and the deaths of three people, including two schoolchildren, in a coach crash on the A66 last week. Many among the injured were taken to West Cumberland hospital in Whitehaven, where a major incident was declared and routine operations cancelled, and to hospitals in Carlisle and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
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