Utter Sadness

This has happened in my village and surrounding area today, I personally know at least 2 of the people who have been killed today of some of the names that have been released, I am so upset by it all.

Twelve people have been killed and at least 25 others are injured after a gunman carried out a series of shootings in Cumbria.


The suspected attacker, taxi driver Derrick Bird, shot dead two colleagues in Whitehaven, Cumbria, before driving his cab through the countryside as he opened fire on other victims.


Following a manhunt, police found his body 20 miles away in woods near the hamlet of Boot about three-and-a-half hours later.
Officers have found a gun in the area and said he had taken his own life.

They added there were 30 separate crime scenes in the investigation.

Watch the latest developments live on Sky Player

Following the Whitehaven attacks, Bird, 52, drove south along the coast, shooting at people, apparently at random.

The gunman drove through Egremont, Gosforth and Seascale before turning inland and ending up in Boot.


Two people are thought to have been killed in Egremont.

A woman in her 60s is believed to have been shot dead outside the home of resident Billy Boakes.

Another man is understood to have been killed on the old bridge in the town. Eyewitnesses reported seeing a victim lying in a pool of blood.

A man was reportedly shot dead in Gosforth. The victim was apparently in a field trimming hedges with his uncle when Bird apparently drove past, wound down a car window and blasted him.
The victim has been named locally as Gary Purdham, son of farmer John Purdham.
Gary Purdham is the brother of Rob Purdham, who is a Harlequins rugby league player, Sky sources say.

Two people were killed in Seascale, where local GPs were called to the scene, according to Sky sources.

29 comments:

Denise said...

Su, I just read about this online and immediately went to your blog to see if you had written about it.
It is so sad and of course, we all
wonder "why?".
Blessings to all the victims and their families and to the citizens of Cumbria...

Katrina said...

Oh Su that's so terrible. I am so sorry, lots of thoughts and prayers.

staci said...

Absolutely senseless and heartbreaking. Sending prayers for all of those affected and who have lost loved ones. A very sad day indeed.

Paula said...

Hugs Su. It must be such a scary and sad time.

Catherine said...

How horrible! Thoughts and prayers to you and all in Cumbria!

KarenV said...

This is just dreadful. I thought of you as soon as I saw the BBC headline earlier. I'm glad you've posted and that you're OK - my thoughts are with everyone affected by this tragedy.

Kelly said...

So sad and terrible. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the people of Cumbria.

Barb said...

We were wondering if you were ok Su ,Karan mentioned it over at S&S. A dreadful thing for all concerned , thanks for letting us know you are safe anyway.
Thoughts and prayers are with those concerned ,no doubt the news will be full of it tonight just hope they leave the poor families in peace.
Hugs to you

Jeanne said...

My heart goes out to the families and friends of those involved in this senseless tragedy.

Terri said...

So sorry to hear of your losses! Prayers are with you!

valerie said...

Oh no, how horrible. I am so sorry to read about this. *hugs*

Margaret said...

Oh that is just horrible! I'm so sorry to hear about this. I'm so saddened. I will be sending prayers for those affected -- and for you too.

April Mechelle said...

I am so sorry !! I have been following this on the news. How Horrible you and the whole community !
Prayers for your neighbors and friends.

Elaine said...

I;ve been following this terrible tradgedy all day. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, friends and the people of Cumbria.

Deb said...

How awful. It makes you wonder what the world is coming to these days when things like this happens.

Nancy said...

These situations are so sad and very scary. I am so sorry you have lost friends in this situation Su. My thoughts are with the people of Cumbria.

Karan said...

Relieved to know that you're OK. Totally shocked by what has happend - keeping all in my thoughts & prayers.

MiPa said...

Came to see if you were affected. Praying for the victims and their families. My sympathies for the loss of your friends.

Carol said...

So sad Su! I've been thinking of you throughout the day while watching this on Sky News. I'm so glad to know that you are ok!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Oh, no. I am so sorry to hear this very sad news. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and to all the families of those affected in Cumbria!

DK Spins said...

This is just so awful, I'd read about it on MSN. My heart goes out to you and all of the victims' families and friends. I just can't understand why these unhappy suicidal & ultimately homicidal people have to end & ruin the lives of innocent people. take care & be safe, Dianne in UT who lost a friend during 3 years ago in the Trolley Square shooting spree of an 18year old *#(@#

Mary said...

I heard this on the news. So, so sorry to hear this sad news. I'll keep you and the families in my thoughts.

Jane said...

Such a sad day. These tragedies are so senseless and so many people are left to grieve over their losses. My thoughts are with you, Su.

Sally said...

When I first heard this on the radio yesterday, Su, my first thought was for you. This is just so terrible. My thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this. I just find it so hard to believe that someone could do this.

Loralynn said...

My heart breaks for all the families and friends touched by this tragedy. We can never understand such senseless violence.

Christine said...

This is truly awful Su, I don't know what to say, but my thoughts are with you and everyone else affected by this senseless tragedy

Gillie said...

What a shocking, shocking event! My sympathy to everyone.

annaitto said...

:((((((

Karoline said...

{{{{Su}}}}

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