If you’re shocked that a British MP has been involved in a shooting incident, then you’re not alone.
This is unheard-of in the UK.
The Daily Mirror tells us: “Police have arrested a 52-year-old man after MP Jo Cox was shot in the face by an attacker shouting ‘Britain First’.”
I’m told the main ‘Remain’ and ‘Leave’ organisations have suspended their European Referendum campaign in the light of this incident.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has tweeted: “Utterly shocked by the news of the attack on Jo Cox. The thoughts of the whole Labour Party are with her and her family at this time.” Vox Political echoes that sentiment.
Unconfirmed reports suggest Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was shot and stabbed. A man also suffered slight injuries.
A 52-year-old man was arrested near Market Street, Birstall, West Yorkshire Police said.
Eyewitness Hithem Ben Abdallah, 56, was in a cafe next door to the library shortly after 1pm when he heard screaming and went outside.
“There was a guy who was being very brave and another guy with a white baseball cap who he was trying to control and the man in the baseball cap suddenly pulled a gun from his bag”.
After a brief scuffle, he said the man stepped back and the MP became involved.
Mr Abdallah said the weapon had “looked handmade” and a man who had been wrestling with the gunman continued even after seeing the gun.
He said: “The man stepped back with the gun and fired it and then he fired a second shot, as he was firing he was looking down at the ground.”
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