Clockwise from top left: Michael Atherton, Susan McGoldrick, Tanya Turnbull, Alison Turnbull,
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Horden shooting victims' family 'devastated'

The family of three women shot dead at a house in County Durham by a man who then killed himself have said they are "devastated" by the "tragic events".

Michael Atherton, 42, shot his partner Susan McGoldrick, 47, her sister Alison Turnbull, 44, and her niece Tanya Turnbull, 24, in Horden on Sunday.

The IPCC has launched an investigation into Mr Atherton's firearm licence.

Mr Atherton's parents and son said they loved him but could not understand why he had done what he had done.

Danny Savage reports.

  • 04 Jan 2012
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