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Three people, including suspected gunman, shot dead in England

Police at the scene this morning
Police at the scene this morning

Three people including a suspected gunman have been shot dead near a swimming pool.

The horror unfolded near Castle Swimming Pool in Spalding, on Tuesday, Lincolnshire Police said. No shots have been fired by officers.

A force spokesman 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.

"There is an ongoing police investigation and at this stage we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

"There is no indication that this is a terrorist-related incident and no shots have been fired by police.

"We would urge members of the public to stay away from the area at the present time."

A resident of nearby Pinchbeck Road, who did not want to be named, said she was "terrified" when she heard the news.

"All we know is as much as was on Twitter. We've not had the police round here to say keep your doors shut," she added.

"We've not had anyone say there's a danger here.

"We are hoping that, although you never want this sort of thing to happen, but we're hoping it was a self-contained incident because we haven't had any people round here saying there's any danger."

East Midlands Ambulance Service said paramedics were told to approach the scene with caution and fought to save the three people who died.

A spokeswoman said: "We received a call at 9.04am reporting gunshots 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."

The air ambulance was also called to the scene.

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. It's shocking news."

The Spalding Guardian reported that six police cars were at the scene on Tuesday morning and that local businesses had been told to keep their doors locked.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing "dozens" of police cars and an air ambulance heading to the scene.

One woman, who did not wish to be named, said: "We heard all the police cars earlier this morning - they were absolutely everywhere, tearing around.

"We didn't hear any shots, nothing at all, only the dozens, literally dozens, of police cars. It must have been about half past nine or quarter to 10 when it started and there was car after car."

Another local, who asked not to be named, said an air ambulance was still outside the swimming pool more than an hour after the incident.