BREAKING NEWS: Labour MP fighting for life after being shot three times - once in the head - by attacker 'who shouted Britain First then kicked her while she lay bleeding from the face’
A female Labour MP has been shot twice after she stepped in when two men were seen fighting in the street while she was out campaigning.
Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen, was speaking to locals in Birstall near Leeds when the scuffle broke out. She is now in a critical condition in hospital.
An eyewitness said: ‘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.’
Others claimed the man shouted ‘Britain First’ during the scuffle
The shocking incident took place near the town’s library where the 41-year-old politician held advice surgeries.
The MP was airlifted to Leeds General hospital where she is now said to be in a ‘critical condition’.
**Campaigning for the EU referendum by Britain Stronger in Europe and Vote Leave has been suspended for the day after the attack on Ms Cox.
Mr Abdallah, 56, was in the cafe next door to the library when he heard screaming and went outside.**
He said: ‘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.’
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.’
After around 15 minutes, the shop owner said emergency services arrived and tended to her with a drip.
Mr Abdallah said the weapon looked handmade and that the man who had been wrestling with the assailant continued to do so even after he saw 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.’
**Aamir Tahir, of The Dry Clean Centre, said the gunman was heard shouting ‘Britain first’.
**He said: 'The lady I work with heard two loud bangs. I wish I was there because I would have tried to stop him.
**‘Apparently the guy who did it shouted ‘Britain first’ and if I had been there I would have tackled him.’ **
Daniel Blyth, a company director from Birstall, told the paper he saw seven police cars ‘racing up’ the road to the scene.