Friends and neighbours shocked and puzzled by horrific killings

A NEIGHBOUR of the Horden shootings told how he wants to see all guns in homes outlawed after four people died in a killing spree.

The Shotton Road resident, who did not wish to be named, said firearms should only be handled by police or official gun clubs.

The man said: “It’s a tragedy. I don’t like guns at all. Everybody should be banned from having them.

“The only guns that should be allowed is what the police have and kept in gun clubs, not in anybody’s house.”

People in Horden are still trying to come to terms with the shocking New Year’s Day massacre as the victims were well known by many in the community.

Victoria Collinson, 23, who works in Warren Fisheries chip shop went to Wellfield Community School in Wingate with Tanya Turnbull, 24, who lost her life in the shootings.

She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I found out, she was a lovely girl.

“She was really intelligent, it is just such a waste. Tanya was quietly spoken, you just don’t expect something like that to happen to someone you know.

“My mam taught her at Hartlepool College of FE.”

Tributes were also paid to Susan McGoldrick who was well known locally.

One woman said: “Everybody knows her with her working in Aldi.

“She was a nice lass and always spoke to you when you were in there.

“It’s a shame, just a shock.

“You hear gossip about what’s gone on but I think the only people who know are those who were actually in that house on the night.”

More floral tributes have been left close to the scene in Hudson Avenue.

A card on some flowers read: “Rest in peace from all your friends and neighbours in Hudson Avenue.”

Another said simply “Sad loss. Thinking of you. RIP love from Claire and Ian and family.”

Another Horden resident, who knew gunman Michael Atherton to talk to, was shocked at his actions and said it was completely out of the blue.

The man, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s still a shock, I just can’t believe what he’s done.

“He was a quiet lad, he wasn’t an aggressive person or anything like that.

“I don’t know what’s been in his head but he’s flipped for some reason.

“Four lives have been lost for nothing and all young ones as well. It’s terrible.

“It can happen anywhere, it’s just unfortunate it’s Horden.”

Another stunned near neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “It’s the talk of the village. I feel sorry for the people that are left behind which is the heartache for them

“Why people do it, nobody will probably every know.

“I’ve lived her for 52 years and it is a quiet place up here.

“It’s such a shame what’s happened. You read about things like it but you wouldn’t think it happens on your own doorstep.”