Three people - including gunman - shot dead in firearms incident near swimming pool

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

Police were called to the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding, Lincolnshire at 9am.

A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said they did not think it was terror related.

The police statement added: "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."

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."

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."

On their Facebook page, the Castle Sports Complex and Swimming Pool said: "The swimming pool is currently closed due an incident in the local area.

"The Sports Centre remains open as usual and we will update the website with any developments. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

An employee told ITV News: "Everything is cordoned off at the moment so we don't really know what's happened."

Some schools in the area said they were on lockdown as a precautionary measure.

Source: ITV
 

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