Gunman Michael Atherton
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Horden gun killer Michael Atherton argued with victims

A man who killed three women then turned the gun on himself argued with his victims at his home just before he shot them, police said.

It has also emerged Michael Atherton had his legally-owned guns returned to him after police removed them in 2008.

The 42-year-old was found dead at the house in Horden, near Peterlee, County Durham, on Sunday.

His partner, Susan McGoldrick, 47, her sister Alison Turnbull, 44, and niece Tanya Turnbull, 24, were also shot.

The BBC's Danny Savage reports.

  • 03 Jan 2012
  • From the section UK
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