A CHILDREN’S author was shot in the head by a gunman who died in a motorcycle crash fleeing police shortly after.
Locals in the hamlet of Upper Enham, Hampshire, said last night James Nash, a parish councillor, was in hospital being treated following the shooting on Wednesday afternoon.
Mr Nash writes children’s books, while his wife Sarah is a leading scientist who works at a laboratory that builds equipment for spacecraft.
The suspect, who crashed his bike three miles away on the A343 during a police chase, is thought to have been known to Mr Nash, although their exact relationship was unclear.
The rider, 34, died at the scene of the accident. Hampshire police said Mr Nash, 42, was being treated for serious gunshot injuries at Southampton General Hospital.
They said a 40-year-old woman was also assaulted and suffered minor injuries.
Mr Nash, named as the victim by a resident who lives nearby, is a member of Enham Alamein Parish Council.
The villager said: ‘He writes children’s books and he is an artist.
‘He is a lovely guy. He would literally do anything for anyone. He helps out with lots of things.’
Mr Nash’s wife works for the Science and Technology Facilities Council in Oxford — a government agency that carries out research in science and engineering.
Mr Nash describes himself on his blog as ‘a naturalist, first and foremost devoted to the conservation of our wild world’.
On LinkedIn, he adds: ‘My current role as director of my own company uses art and engineering to enthuse, inspire and motivate others to create and innovate.
‘Working with schools and charities I have been privileged to engage with both young and old, able-bodied and those who struggle with severe conditions such as cerebral palsy and depression.’
The couple’s detached two-bedroom cottage is in a country lane next to the Enham Trust — a charity supporting the vulnerable and disabled.
A trust spokeswoman said yesterday: ‘We are saddened by the events that took place and our thoughts are with the individual affected.’