Labour Party Member of Parliament (MP) Jo Cox was stabbed and gunned down outside of a library on June 16, 2016, in Birstall, West Yorkshire; England. Cox, 41, is a mother of two and is reported to be in critical condition after being left for dead and bleeding on the pavement after the incident according to “The Irish Mirror.” (UPDATE: Associated Press (AP) reported that Cox has succumbed to her wounds and passed away.)
There was one other victim who experienced slight injuries during the attack, but Cox is being seen as the primary target. West Yorkshire Police have arrested a 52-year-old man in connection with the assault. Other details regarding the identity of the man have yet to be released.
Witnesses recounted the event to BBC News. They described a man shooting Cox three times. The second shot caused Cox to fall to the ground. The man approached Cox after she fell to the ground and shot her near her face. Bystanders attempted to wrestle the gunman to the ground, which is when he began wielding a hunting knife and stabbed the victim as well. The man then escaped down the street while witnesses attempted to chase him when he disappeared down a side street.
Cox was elected MP of the Labour Party in the 2015 general election. She is seen as a rising star in the party. In response to the attack David Cameron, Britain’s Prime Minister has canceled a rally planned in Gibralter.
Witnesses described the event as terrifying. Cox was left lying between two cars bleeding on the street. No additional details have been released regarding the victim or the attacker.
UPDATE: Associated Press (AP) reported that Cox has succumbed to her wounds and passed away.
By Gichele Cocrelle
Edited by Cathy Milne
Irish Mirror: Jo Cox shot: Latest updates after Labour MP is stabbed and gunned down outside Birstall library
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