08 Aug Children’s author dies in hospital after daytime shooting outside home | UK News
A children’s author who was shot in broad daylight outside his home has died, local leaders have said.
The victim, named locally as James Nash, suffered serious head injuries during the attack in Upper Enham – a leafy village near Andover, Hampshire – at around 3pm on Wednesday.
Mr Nash, 42, who was also a local parish councillor, was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
Posting on Facebook on Friday, Test Valley Borough Council leader Cllr Phil North said: “It has been confirmed this evening that the victim of the Upper Enham shooting on Wednesday, local resident James Nash, has now sadly died.
“This is such devastating news, not just for his family and friends who will obviously miss him terribly, but for the whole community of Enham Alamein where he was a public representative.
“He was such a kind-hearted individual and a proactive Parish Councillor who cared deeply for his community.”
North West Hampshire Tory MP Kit Malthouse described it as “tragic and profoundly sad news”.
“James’s family will be devastated and they are in all our thoughts tonight,” he said in a post on Facebook.
“I know that Hampshire Police are working flat out to try and understand what could have sparked this appalling chain of events, and I am grateful for their sensitive and professional handling of this deeply distressing situation.
“James will be deeply missed by his community and the terrible manner of his death will be seared in the memory of everyone in the area. May he rest in peace.”
The suspected attacker died in a police chase after trying to flee on a motorcycle.
Hampshire Constabulary said that the vehicle failed to stop and later crashed on the A343, near Hurstbourne Tarrant, around three miles from the scene of the shooting.
The motorcyclist, a 34-year-old man, died at the scene of the crash. Next-of-kin have been informed and formal identification procedures are ongoing.
The crash has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, as is standard in such cases.
A 40-year-old woman was also assaulted during the shooting incident and suffered minor injuries.
“While enquiries into the incident in Upper Enham are at an early stage, detectives do not believe there are any outstanding suspects in this investigation,” a statement from Hampshire Police added.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police on 101, quoting the reference Op Plaque