EU's Barroso "deeply shocked" by deadly rampage in England

2nd June 2010, Comments 0 comments

EU Commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso told British Prime Minister David Cameron he was "deeply shocked" by the deadly rampage by a lone gunman in northwest England Wednesday which left at least 12 dead.

Barroso took the unusual step of immediately publishing his letter to Cameron in which he said he was "deeply shocked and saddened to learn about the horrific shooting in West Cumbria earlier today."

Fifty-two year old taxi driver Derrick Bird spent over three hours driving through the picturesque Lake District, reportedly shooting at people from his car window before shooting himself.

He killed at least 12 people and injured some 25 others, three critically.

British police were baffled as to why he launched the attacks

The EU leader offered his condolences to the British people and their new leader and "heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims, and those injured, in this appalling incident."

© 2010 AFP

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