Last summer, Lance Hart shot dead his wife, daughter and himself, four days after the family had left him. His sons talk candidly about life before and after
On a warm summer day last July, Claire Hart and her 19 -year-old daughter Charlotte ran for an early morning swimming at their local leisure centre in Spalding, Lincolnshire. It was a journey they made often, simply a short drive from their home in the village of Moulton. Claires son Ryan had recently bought his mother a swimming pass as a present.
At 9am on 19 July, mom and daughter left the pond and induced their route back across the car park to their blue Toyota Aygo. As they approached the car, a man crawled out from underneath it: Claires husband and Charlottes father, Lance Hart, whom the pair had left five days earlier. Now he held up a single-barrel shotgun and shoot Claire three times. He then reloaded the firearm and shot his daughter, before turning the gun on himself.
Alex Marchant, a administrator at the athletics centre, ran outside where reference is heard the first bang, guessing it was a auto backfiring. In the distance, he saw Lance with the handgun in his hand. When he got to the car, he recognised Charlotte lying on the ground. In her final moments, as Merchant cradled her, she told him, It was my dad who shot me.
Armed officers arrived at the scene, where paramedics attempted to resuscitate them, but it was too late: Lance was dead, and Claire and Charlotte had fatal traumata; neither could be saved.
In the confusion that followed, police set local schools on lockdown. Residents were cautioned to stay inside and lock their doors. Spalding began to trend on Twitter, and people theorized whether there had been a terrorist attack.
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