Courtesy of The Guardian:
As details of the attack on the MP filtered through the news wires, through social media and on television, the extreme violence and sustained nature of the assault became clear.
It was shortly before 12.53pm on Thursday. Inside the one storey red-brick library in Market Street in Birstall, West Yorkshire, Cox had been listening to her constituents who had voted her into parliament only a year ago.
She emerged, flanked by two personal assistants, to head to a meeting for the EU remain campaign. It was a busy day in her constituency. At the same time, customers clutching their lunch came out of Sandwich & Co and the sound of popping, like a balloon bursting, caused many to turn their heads.
In fractured, at times conflicting, accounts, people near enough to see and hear the events unfold, described how the assailant had been outside the library and confronted Cox as she walked out.
At least two witnesses, Clarke Rothwell, and Terry Flynn-Edwards, said the man, named locally as Thomas Mair, appeared to deliberately target the MP.
“There was a man stood there, in his 50s with a white baseball cap on and grey jacket with a gun, an old-fashioned looking gun in his hands. He shot this lady and then shot her again,” said Rothwell.
“He lent down. Someone was wrestling with him and he was wielding a knife, like a hunting knife … He lunged forward, stabbing her straight in the stomach and that’s when he tried to reload his gun. She was shot, three times she was shot. The initial time when she dropped to the floor and then two more times. He leant over and pointed the gun … he shot her … in the meantime he was just stabbing her with his knife.”
At some point, a 77-year-old man tried to intervene and wrestle the assailant to the ground, but he was also attacked and injured.
What has happened to us?