A worker from a builder's merchant is believed to have shot dead his daughter and her mother near a swimming pool in a small market town.
The horror unfolded near Castle Swimming Pool in Spalding, Lincolnshire, when Lance Hart, 57, killed partner Claire, 50, and 19-year-old daughter Charlotte with a shotgun, before turning the weapon on himself.
Officers and paramedics battled to save the two women who they found gravely injured at around 9am on Tuesday.
Mr Hart was already dead, and no shots were fired by police.
Investigators raided the family home in Hatt Close, Moulton, where one neighbour described Mr Hart as "always caring" and a "very nice guy."
Police believe a shotgun was used in an incident that left three people dead in Spalding earlier today.
Speaking at a press conference they confirmed two women were killed and that all three dead were known to each other.
It is believed that the gunman shot the two women before turning the gun on himself.
“Clearly a situation such as this for a small community like Spalding is hard to comprehend. We are working alongside colleagues from theEast Midlands Serious and Major Crime Team in order to provide answers around what’s happened today.”
Watch the full press conference below.
A man is believed to have shot dead two female members of his family near a swimming pool in a small market town.
The horror unfolded near Castle Swimming Pool in Spalding, when three people including the suspected gunman died. No shots were fired by police.
Locals reported that a man had killed two female relatives. One, who did not want to be identified, said: "From what I understand a man shot himself and his family. We have heard it's a self-contained incident.”
Officers raided a house in Hatt Close, Moulton, Spalding, which one resident in the street claimed was linked to the shooting.
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Shocking events in Spalding, Lincolnshire. My thoughts are with the victims and their families
"We received a call at 09:04 this morning reporting gun shots on Pinchbeck Lane, Spalding.
"Our ambulance crews and Paramedic Officer were sent to the emergency and told to approach with caution.
"Upon arriving at scene our paramedics treated three patients who had gunshot wounds. Despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene the patients were pronounced dead.
"This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the friends and families of those involved."
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Three people including a suspected gunman have been shot dead near a swimming pool in Spalding.Read the full story ›
Three people have been killed in a shooting incident in Spalding, Lincolnshire.
Police were called to Castle Swimming Pool on Pinchbeck Road in Spalding. Officers say there is no indication that this was terrorist-related and no shots have been fired by the police.
Investigations are ongoing and police are asking people to avoid the area.
"We can confirm that there has been a firearms incident on Pinchbeck Road in Spalding in the vicinity of the Castle Swimming Pool, in which three people have been fatally wounded, including the suspected offender.
There is an ongoing police investigation and at this stage we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident."