Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mumbling like a Drunk, He Shot into the Garden. I Screamed at Him to Stop; Severe Distress: Jane Winkworth Lives in the Flat below Mark Saunders and Heard Him Start Shooting. Right, a Bullet Hole in the Window of Mr Saunderss Flat in Markham Square, Top Right. Armed Police Flooded the Square, Far Right

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mumbling like a Drunk, He Shot into the Garden. I Screamed at Him to Stop; Severe Distress: Jane Winkworth Lives in the Flat below Mark Saunders and Heard Him Start Shooting. Right, a Bullet Hole in the Window of Mr Saunderss Flat in Markham Square, Top Right. Armed Police Flooded the Square, Far Right

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Byline: KIRAN RANDHAWA, ROBERT MENDICK, JUSTIN DAVENPORT

THE terrifying moment when gunman Mark Saunders opened fire wasdescribed today by a neighbour.

Jane Winkworth lives just below Mr Saunders and his wife Elizabeth in MarkhamSquare and was working outside in her garden just before 5pm yesterday.

The managing director of shoe company French Sole said the high-flying legalcouple had bought their flat about 10 months ago.

She described how the barrister had arrived home about an hour before and,according to what his wife later told police, had been drinking all day.

Ms Winkworth said: I was doing a spot of gardening and working on designs forshoes outside when I heard Mark come in at around 3.45pm. Around half-an-hourto 45 minutes later he shot into the garden. I began shouting and screaming athim to stop. At first I assumed he was using an airgun to shoot at pigeons butafter he fired two more I realised it was a proper gun. When I screamed at himto stop, he didnt say anything, it was as though he wasnt listening.

I ran into my flat terrified and panicking and I phoned the police.

Ms Winkworth said that after police arrived and negotiators were trying to talkto Mr Saunders, all she could hear was him replying: I cant hear you mate.

She said: He was definitely mumbling stuff like a drunk person would but hewasnt shouting or being aggressive apart from when he was shooting. The shotswere very loud. They were absolutely terrifying.

She said that at about 7pm MrSaunders threw a white box into her garden and onthe lid of the box in big black letters it said: I love my wife dearly xxx. Shesaid the box was empty.

Mark and Liz were very happy, very professional, very intelligent, successfuland attractive people, Ms Winkworth said. I couldnt have asked for betterneighbours. Im shocked and horrified. All I can think is he was suffering fromextreme stress for him to do this. He was an absolutely lovely guy.

Ms Winkworth said she was terrified and severely distressed and was forced toremain in her flat during the siege as police and the gunman exchanged shotsabove her.

Sporadic bursts of gunfire culminated in armed police storming the flat atnumber 46, lobbing in stun grenades. Later police brought out Mr Saunders ontothe pavement as medical crew tried to resuscitate him. He was pronounced deadat the scene.

A police spokesman confirmed that a firearm was found at the scene and that itwas a legally registered weapon.

Marksmen believed Mr Saunders was a former member of the armed services when heshouted: Im ex-Army.

A post-mortem examination was being carried out today.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission today began an investigation intothe shooting. It is the first by the Mets specialist firearms team CO19 sinceJean Charles de Menezes was killed at Stockwell Tube in July 2005. …

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