[Updated at 12:34 p.m.] Twelve people were killed Wednesday in a shooting spree in England's Cumbria region, police said.
[Updated at 9:14 a.m.] Police have found the body of a man believed to be Derrick Bird, the suspect in a number of shootings, some fatal, across the West Cumbria region of England, authorities said Wednesday.
Bird, 52, was believed to have fired shots in three towns near the coast of the Irish Sea on Wednesday, Cumbria police said.
Authorities said they had located a body believed to be Bird in a wooded area near Boot.
"Police have seized a gun from the scene and are now working to formally confirm the identity of the deceased and the number of people injured or dead," Cumbria police said.
[Posted at 8:07 a.m.] Police in England were searching Wednesday for a man in connection with "a number" of fatal shootings across Cumbria, near the border with Scotland.
Derrick Bird, 52, was believed to have fired shots in three towns near the coast of the Irish Sea on Wednesday, Cumbria police said.
Members of the public were advised to stay indoors until further notice.
Stuart Hyde, deputy chief constable in Cumbria, said "there have been a number of fatalities and several people injured."
"Our focus is on catching this guy ... Our thoughts are with the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those who are injured," he said.
Peter Leder, who says he is a friend of Bird's, told CNN he spoke to Bird last night and Bird told him, "You won't see me again."
Bird was initially driving a dark gray or silver Citroen Picasso, but police later said he had abandoned his car in the area of Boot, England, and was traveling on foot.
The area is in the Lake District, which is popular with walkers, hikers, and tourists.
The first shots were fired at 10:35 a.m. (5:35 a.m. ET) in Whitehaven, and further shots were fired in the areas of Seascale and Egremont, police said. A number of people were killed and wounded, they said.