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Inquest hears Cumbria gunman shot twin brother 11 times

Bird killed 12 people before shooting himself dead in June 2010. His first victim was his brother David.

Flowers left at the taxi rank where Derrick Bird shot and killed a driver in June 2010.
Flowers left at the taxi rank where Derrick Bird shot and killed a driver in June 2010.
Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

AN INQUEST INTO THE DEATHS of the victims of a shooting rampage in Cumbria, England, last year has heard that the gunman beckoned people over as if to ask the time, before shooting them.

Taxi driver Derrick Bird, 52, killed 12 people and injured 11 others before turning the gun on himself.

The inquest heard that Bird had driven around but left his car on more than one occasion to change his weapon and shoot victims at close range, the BBC reports.

Police gave evidence on a range of possible motives for the attack, including an irrational fear about being jailed for tax issues.

The inquest will hear evidence in the order of the victims’ deaths. The first person killed by Bird on 2 June 2010 was his twin brother, David, whom he shot 11 times, the PA reports.

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