A worker from a builder’s merchant is believed to have shot dead his wife and daughter 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”. The resident, who gave his name as Peter, said: “Lance worked as a delivery driver for a builders’ merchants – we’ve had quite a bit of stuff from them – but he was always caring and would come around afterwards to see whether we could carry stuff.
“Last time I spoke to him, he had put the house on the market because they were hoping to downsize, buy somewhere in the village. He was a very nice guy, he went out of his way to be helpful so it comes as a great shock.
“He was full of the joys of spring. His kids had left home and they were going to downsize and find a bungalow.”