David Cameron has pledged to do everything possible to help communities "shattered" by the killing spree in Cumbria as he revealed that at least five people had died.
Updating the Commons at the start of his first Prime Minister's Questions as Premier, he said: "The House will be alarmed and shocked by the events unfolding in Cumbria.
"Police were called to Whitehaven at 10.35 this morning after shots were fired by a man. And I regret to report that a number of people have been shot and at least five people have died. I can confirm that a body of a gunman has been found by police."
He went on: "The Chief Constable of Cumbria is working closely with other forces and other emergency services to ensure a coordinated response to these rapidly moving events.
"The Government will do everything it possibly can to help the local community and those affected and to keep the House informed. When lives and communities are suddenly shattered in this way, our thoughts should be with all those caught up in these tragic events, especially the families and friends of those killed or injured."
The tragic event overshadowed David Laws' resignation as Treasury Chief Secretary and the international diplomatic storm caused by Israel's seizure of aid vessels heading for Gaza - which everyone thought would dominate Cameron's first PMQs.