British Politician Killed In Horrific Street Gun Attack
A British member of Parliament has been killed after what has been described as a horrific gun attack following a town hall meeting at a library in West Yorkshire, England. She was shot and stabbed.
“Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spenborough was attacked and fatally wounded on Market Street,” Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins told a news conference.
A 52-year old man was arrested and police confirm that they are not looking for any other suspects. The suspect’s motives are unknown at this stage.
There was a further attack on a 77-year-old man nearby who sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson told reporters at the news conference that this was a localized incident, albeit with “much wider impact.”
Cox, 41, a Labour Party Minister of Parliament (MP) was campaigning for the U.K. to remain in the European Union ahead of a referendum on June 23 and she was known for her work on Syria-related issues.
Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, said the country would be “in shock at the horrific murder” of MP Jo Cox, who was a “much loved colleague.”
In a statement he said:
“The whole of the Labour Party and Labour family – and indeed the whole country – will be in shock at the horrific murder of Jo Cox today. Jo had a lifelong record of public service and a deep commitment to humanity. She worked both for Oxfam and the anti-slavery charity, the Freedom Fund, before she was elected last year as MP for Batley and Spen – where she was born and grew up.”
“We send them our deepest condolences. We have lost a much-loved colleague, a real talent and a dedicated campaigner for social justice and peace. But they have lost a wife and a mother, and our hearts go out to them,” Corbyn wrote.
An eyewitness told Sky News that he saw a man in a baseball cap suddenly pull a gun from his bag.
Police presence in the area has been increased as a reassurance to the community.
There are unconfirmed reports that the attacker shouted “Britain first” before shooting. Brits will decide on June 23 whether or not to remain in the European Union, a divisive issue in the country.
Campaigning on the referendum has been suspended for the day because of the shooting.
On a visit to Gibraltar, Prime Minister David Cameron made a short statement saying “My thoughts are with Jo’s husband Brendan, their two children and their wider family. We’ve lost a great star, she was a great campaigning MP with huge compassion and a big heart.”