Inquests Open Into Spalding Deaths

Inquests have opened into the deaths of three people from the same family who were shot dead in Spalding.

Charlotte Hart, 19, and her mother Claire, 50, were killed near the Castle Sports Complex in the Lincolnshire town on Tuesday July 19.

Lance Hart, 57, shot his daughter and wife with a single-barrelled shotgun before turning the weapon on himself.

The brief hearing at South Lincolnshire Coroner's Office in Boston heard that Charlotte was shot in the upper abdomen and was identified by her brother, while her mother was shot in the chest and abdomen and was identified by comparison with a photograph.

Mr Hart suffered a shot to the head which was self-inflicted, and was identified by his fingerprints, the inquest heard.

Coroner Paul Cooper said the full inquest would look into how the shotgun was obtained and the state of the marital relationship between Mr and Mrs Hart.

He added the full inquest is due to take place on October 19.

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