A taxi driver in northwest England went on a shooting rampage that lasted several hours Wednesday -- killing 12 people and wounding at least 25 others.
Police in Cumbria, say the suspect, 52-year-old Derrick Bird then turned the gun on himself.
Stuart Hyde is Cumbria's deputy chief constable.
"This has shocked the people of Cumbria and we are a very tight, close-knit community even within policing and I think we are shocked to the core."
People in towns along the Cumbrian coast -- about 350 miles northwest of London -- were told to stay indoors after reports of the shootings starting coming through.
In Parliament, the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, expressed his condolences to the victims' families.
"The house would also be alarmed and shocked at the events unfolding in Cumbria today. Police were called to Whitehaven at 10.35 this morning after shots were fired by a man and I regret to report that a number of people have been shot."
Multiple shooting incidents are rare in Britain where there are strict gun controls.
Police have not yet determined a motive for the shootings-- which appear to be random.
Jon Decker, Reuters.