Four dead in gun rampage

Police at the scene of a murder at the rear of Greenside Avenue Horden Picture by FRANK REID
Police at the scene of a murder at the rear of Greenside Avenue Horden Picture by FRANK REID
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FOUR people have been shot dead at a house in County Durham.

A teenage girl was among the three women killed in the house in Horden last night before the gunman is believed to have turned the gun on himself.

All four, who are thought to be related or known to each other, were confirmed dead at the scene after firearms officers found them in different rooms in the downstairs of the house in Greenside Avenue.

Police were called to the semi-detached house shortly before 11.45pm yesterday.

A shotgun was found lying next to the man’s body who is believed to be in his early forties.

A fifth person, a woman thought to be related to one of the victims, is being treated for shotgun injuries at North Tees Hospital, in Stockton.

She was located by police at another house in the street shortly after officers arrived in Greenside Avenue.

Her wounds are not thought to be life-threatening.

Durham Constabulary has launched a major investigation but are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

The ares was cordoned off shortly before midnight last night and officers will undertake a forensic examination of the house today and tomorrow.

A spokesman for the force said: “It is expected to be some time before police are able to formally identify those who have died.”

An incident room is being set up at police headquarters in Durham staffed by officers from the force’s major crime team led by the senior investigating officer, Det Supt Paul Goundry.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Durham Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101 or to ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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A shotgun was found lying next to the man’s body who is believed to be in his early forties.

A fifth person, a woman thought to be related to one of the victims, is being treated for shotgun injuries at North Tees Hospital, in Stockton.

She was found by police at another house in the street shortly after officers arrived in Greenside Avenue.

Her wounds are not thought to be life-threatening.

Durham Constabulary has launched a major investigation but is not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

The area was cordoned off shortly before midnight last night and officers will undertake a forensic examination of the house today and tomorrow.

A spokesman for the force said: “It is expected to be some time before police are able to formally identify those who have died.”

One resident of Greenside Avenue, who did not want to be identified, said: “I am shocked and stunned by this. This is just awful. Nothing happens in our street,” she said.

An incident room is being set up at police headquarters in Durham staffed by officers from the force’s major crime team led by the senior investigating officer, Det Supt Paul Goundry.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Durham Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101 or to ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Twitter:@Sunechokaty