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Yesterday, police confirmed that three people died following a shooting outside a swimming pool in Spalding, Lincolnshire.
It has now been claimed that the shooter was a man who shot dead his wife and daughter before turning the gun on himself. According to reports, he was devastated after the breakdown of his marriage.
Lance Hart, 57, is said to have shot wife Claire, 50, and then daughter Charlotte, 19, in the car park of the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding, Lincolnshire, on Tuesday.
A witness told the Daily Mail, he had seen a man hiding under a car shortly before the shooting occurred.
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The couple, who had recently separated, had put their four bedroom house on the market, the Huffington Post reports.
The Harts had been married for 26 years and were also parents to sons Ryan, 25 and Luke, 26, who are believed to work overseas.
A source told the Daily Mail:
Claire had left him. I don’t know what the issues were in their marriage, but I can’t understand why he had to kill his daughter as well.
A neighbour, named only as Peter, described Lance as ‘the nicest guy you could ever meet’, adding: “He would do anything for anyone.”
Another neighbour told The Telegraph:
They were a lovely family. I’m honestly shocked. Lance couldn’t do enough for you. He helped me with DIY in my house, did all his up from scratch.
We would chat over the fence. I think they were splitting up… I just think he has flipped.
Heartbreaking news. Our thoughts are with the victims and their family and friends.