A series of shootings by a gunman in Cumbria, which left 12 people dead, dominates Thursday's papers.
The Independent describes the shootings by 52-year-old taxi driver Derrick Bird as "a Cumbrian horror story".
It says Whitehaven has joined the ranks of Dunblane, Hungerford and Omagh as "geographic shorthand for mass murder".
'Anguished' private life
Many papers profile Derrick Bird in an attempt to try to understand why the taxi driver embarked on a killing rampage.
And the Daily Mail says it should have been a time of celebration for Bird because he became a grandfather for the first time two weeks ago.
But the papers discover a different Derrick Bird to the one described by friends.
A neighbour tells the Daily Mail that after he split with his partner - and mother of his two sons - he put on weight, became moody and appeared to have low self-esteem.
And the Sun reports that an attack by a taxi fare-dodger three years ago left him "shattered, nervous and anxious".
Simon Hoggart, writing in the Guardian, reviews the first prime minister's questions of the David Cameron era.
Bemoaning the lack of drama, he said it was "dull, with all the excitement of a game of cribbage".
And the BBC's decision to end the world's longest-running televised comedy series, Last of the Summer Wine, after 37 years is widely reported.
For the Daily Express it is "dread news". The paper believes its axing reflects our "impulsive times".