A man and two women were pronounced dead after a shooting incident near Castle Swimming Pool in Spalding. According to the Lincolnshire Police, the incident is domestic and not “terror-related,” said a report by the BBC.
As per reports, the gunman who allegedly shot his wife and daughter has been identified as Lance Hart. The reason why the man took to killing his loved ones before killing himself is yet to be established. The female victims have been identified as Claire Hart,50, and her daughter Charlotte Hart,19.
According to Spalding Today, a neighbor described Lance, who is understood to have worked at a nearby builders’ merchants, as “the nicest guy you could ever meet” and said he “would do anything for anyone”.
Spalding shooting incident seems mysterious because Spalding is a quiet locality that has reported no such mishaps in the recent past.
Shedding light on the Spalding shooting incident, a local woman, on the condition of anonymity, said that the people heard police cars in the morning.
“We heard all the police cars earlier this morning — they were absolutely everywhere, tearing around,” she told BBC.
“We didn’t hear any shots, nothing at all, only the dozens, literally dozens, of police cars,” she said.
According to Mirror, builder nearby who heard the gunshot tried to save the life of one of the two women by attempting to perform a CPR, but in vain.
“At about nine o’clock three shots went off while I was working on the building site. I ran across the car park, jumped over the fence and went to help,” he said.
“It looked like the man had done the other two and done away with himself. They looked like a family. The man was already dead when I got there.
“I would say the younger woman was around 20. The older woman was about 40 and the man looked in his late 40s.”
District councillor Gary Taylor, who represents Spalding Castle ward, said “It’s terrible news and local people are very shocked. It’s a very quiet place, gun crime does not exist in this area at all.”
Police officials said, as of now, they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the Spalding shooting incident, according to a report by BBC.
“There is an ongoing police investigation and at this stage we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.”
A police spokesman, according to a report by the Mirror, said “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.
Lincolnshire Police, who reached Pinchbeck Road at about 09:00 B.S.T., confirmed that no shots were fired by their officers.
Members of the public were urged to stay away from the area.
District councillor Gary Taylor, who represents Spalding Castle ward, said, “It’s terrible news and local people are very shocked. It’s a very quiet place, gun crime does not exist in this area at all.”
According to East Midlands Ambulance Service, paramedics who were called to to attend to the victims of Spalding shooting incident were told to approach the scene with caution and fought to save the three people, who had gunshot wounds.
“Despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene the patients were pronounced dead,” said an ambulance spokesperson.
Eyewitnesses have been requested to contact police.
The leisure centre will remain closed because of the shooting.
Lincolnshire County Council said students were being kept inside local schools for safety, but the lockdown had since been lifted.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted about the incident, as well.
Shocking events in Spalding, Lincolnshire. My thoughts are with the victims and their families— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) July 19, 2016
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