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Two brothers of Spalding shooting victims pay tribute

Charlotte Hart and Lance Hart were shot by their dad Lance Hart before he turned the gun on himself. Credit: University of Northampton

Two brothers whose mother and sister were shot dead by their father before he turned the gun on himself have spoken for the first time since the tragedy.

Charlotte Hart, 19, and her mother Claire, 50, were killed near the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding, Lincolnshire on July 19.

Lance Hart, 57, shot his daughter and wife with a single-barrelled shotgun before turning the weapon on himself.

Luke, 26, and Ryan Hart, 25, have now set up a tribute website named "Memorial to Claire and Charlotte Hart" to pay tribute to their mother and daughter.

Visitors to the site can share memories, pictures, videos and even light candles in the mother and daughter's memory.

The brothers wrote: "They were both very much loved and will always be remembered.

"Please share your memories and photos; let us help each other remember the wonderful people they were.

"Charlotte enjoyed making videos; especially surrounding horse riding and the dogs, and uploaded them to her YouTube channels. Enjoy :) "

The memorial website comes after an opening inquest into the deaths of the three family members last week revealed Lance had to be identified by his fingerprints after suffering a shotgun wound to the head.

They have also asked for donations to their favourite charity, Wood Green Animal Shelters.

In a tribute on the website, Luke said: "Charlotte and mum were both animal lovers. "They were both very much-loved and will always be remembered."

A full inquest will take place on October 19, when police have been asked by senior coroner for South Lincolnshire, Paul Cooper, to reveal how Lance had obtained the shotgun used.

Inquest opens into Spalding shooting deaths

Scene of the shooting Credit: ITV News

Inquests have opened into the deaths of three people from the same family who were shot dead in Spalding.

Charlotte Hart, 19, and her mother Claire, 50, were killed near the Castle Sports Complex in the Lincolnshire town on Tuesday July 19.

Lance Hart, 57, shot his daughter and wife with a single-barrelled shotgun before turning the weapon on himself.

The brief hearing at South Lincolnshire Coroner's Office in Boston heard that Charlotte was shot in the upper abdomen and was identified by her brother, while her mother was shot in the chest and abdomen and was identified by comparison with a photograph.

Mr Hart suffered a shot to the head which was self-inflicted, and was identified by his fingerprints, the inquest heard.

The full inquest will take place in October.

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Man who shot his family dead in Spalding didn't have licence

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Police have confirmed that a man who is believed to have shot dead two members of his family in Spalding yesterday was not a firearms licence holder.

It's thought Lance Hart, who was 57, killed his partner Claire and his 19-year-old daughter Charlotte with a shotgun, before turning the weapon on himself.

Police say Mr Hart didn't have a shotgun certificate and they're investigating where he got the weapon from.

University 'saddened' by death of Spalding shooting victim

Charlotte Hart (left) and her mum Claire (right). Credit: University of Northampton

The University of Northampton say they're "deeply saddened" to have learnt that one of the people shot dead in Spalding yesterday was a former student.

19-year-old Charlotte Hart was killed alongside her mum Claire near the Castle Sports swimming pool yesterday.

It's thought that they were both shot by her father, 57-year-old Lance Hart, who then turned the gun on himself.

The students and staff at the University of Northampton are deeply saddened to hear of Charlotte’s death.

Charlotte was lovely young woman, who’s quiet, friendly manner served her well with her academic studies at University and during her clinical placement with Kettering General Hospital.

Charlotte was well liked and extremely hard working throughout her studies; as well as when she was playing for the University of Northampton Students’ Union Lacrosse team.

Charlotte was a lovely person, who will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends at this difficult time.

– Mary Huntley, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of Northampton

Mother and daughter shot dead near swimming pool

Claire, 50, and 19-year-old daughter Charlotte were killed by Lance Hart. Credit: Facebook.

A picture has emerged of a mother and daughter who were shot dead near a pool in Spalding.

It is thought Lance Hart, 57, shot 50-year-old Claire and her 19-year old daughter Charlotte with a shotgun before turning it on himself.

Officers and paramedics tried to save the women but failed.

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Gunman believed to be Lance Hart, a builder's merchant

Forensic tents at the scene of the shooting. Credit: ITV Anglia.

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.

50-year-old Claire and her 19-year old daughter Charlotte. Credit: Facebook.

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 say shotgun used in Spalding triple shooting

A police press conference took place earlier today. Credit: ITV Anglia.

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.”

– Lincolnshire Police

Watch the full press conference below.

'Two female relatives' shot dead by 'family member' in Spalding

Locals report that the man had killed two female relatives. Credit: ITV Anglia.

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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