UK MP in critical condition after shooting

16 June 2016, 16:11
Sherif Hasan
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Labour MP Jo Cox shot today

It's unclear if the UK member of Parliament was targeted or became involved in a dispute. The assailant is at large and a witness said he was in his 60s or 70s.

The Guardian reports:

He told PA a man in a baseball cap "suddenly pulled a gun from his bag" and after a brief scuffle with another man the MP became involved.

He added: "He was fighting with her and wrestling with her and then the gun went off twice and then she fell between two cars and I came and saw her bleeding on the floor."

The 42-year-old MP was elected to parliament in 2015, having previously worked internationally as a head of policy and humanitarian campaigning for Oxfam.

There are reports that she was also stabbed, which makes it hard to believe it was the type of accident the witness described.

She had supported the 'remain' side but there are no indications this is Brexit-related or terrorism-related (at least not yet).

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