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A SHOTGUN-WIELDING taxi driver went on a killing rampage in the sleepy villages of northern England last night, shooting people in 11 separate locations before killing himself.

At least five people were believed to be dead and a further 30 wounded.

The 3 1/2-hour rampage terrified the picturesque Lakes District and surrounding parts of Cumbria, England’s least populated county, as police were left tending to survivors as the gunman drove from town to town in his green Citroen Picasso.

Derrick Bird, 52, is believed to have shot many of his victims in the face, with witnesses saying the bodies of cyclists, motorcyclists, drivers and pedestrians were left laying on streets . . .

Bird’s body was found in a wood just outside the Lakes District village, 38km from Whitehaven shortly before 2pm.

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  1. Bird seems to have shot himself in a wooded area. The death toll is around five, while around twenty-five have been wounded.

    "The lad that's been killed was friends with him. They used to stand together having a craic on the rank.

    "He was friends with everybody and used to stand and joke on Duke Street."

    Sue Matthews, a telephonist at A2B Taxis in Whitehaven, said the Mr Bird was self-employed and lived alone. She described him as a "quiet fellow".

    In a Beeb video, another man said, "he kept himself to himself."

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