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Spalding shooting: Three shot dead near swimming pool

bhhThree people have died in a shooting near a swimming pool in Lincolnshire, police have said.

The suspected gunman was among the dead in the shooting near the Castle Swimming Pool in Spalding.

Lincolnshire Police, who were called to Pinchbeck Road at about 09:00 BST, said no shots were fired by their officers.

Those killed are believed to be two women and a man. Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Members of the public were urged to stay away from the area.

A force spokesman said there was no indication it was a “terror-related” incident.

Speaking on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, the leader of South Holland District Council said he had been told it was believed to be a “domestic incident”.

“This looks by all accounts to be a very tragic family incident”, councillor Gary Porter said.

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

The air ambulance was also called to the swimming pool.

“Despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene the patients were pronounced dead”, an ambulance spokesperson said.

Any witnesses have been asked to contact police.

The leisure centre said it had closed because of the shooting.

Lincolnshire County Council said pupils were being kept inside local schools for safety, but the lockdown had since been lifted.

One local woman, who asked not 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.”

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.”