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Seven die in Australia's worst shooting for 22 years

12 May, 2018, 20:43 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Seven dead in Australia's worst shooting since 1996 Port Arthur massacre

A family of seven including four children was found dead with gunshot wounds Friday at a rural property in southwest Australia in what could be the country's worst mass shooting in 22 years, police and media said.

The rural property where the bodies were found on Friday. The bodies of four children and one adult were discovered inside the home and two adults were found dead outside.

The body of one adult was found outside a house and the others were found inside.

Detectives from the Homicide Squad and Forensic Crime Scene Unit have travelled to the scene, about 270 kilometres south of Perth, as part of the investigation.

He would only say police were alerted to the shootings by a phone call from a "male person" at the property, who was apparently the killer. The young mother was named locally as Katrina Miles. Dawson added, "Police are now responding to what I can only describe as a horrific incident".

Felicity Haynes, who lives on a neighbouring property, told broadcaster ABC the family involved were "caring neighbours".

Mass shootings are uncommon in Australia and Friday's was the deadliest since a 1996 massacre that left 35 dead at Port Arthur in Tasmania.

"I can't imagine just how disturbed someone is, how they could do that".

"Something woke me up around 4am. I got up and went to the toilet and I thought, "That's a bit unusual, that's an odd hour to be shooting kangaroos", she said. It wasn't until I saw the police that I thought, "Hang on a minute". "(The shots) were separated out, there was quite a long gap between them".

Augusta-Margaret River shire president Pamela Townshend said the tragedy would send shockwaves throughout the small community.

"I wish to offer my condolences to the family and to the community about this bad tragedy", Cr Townshend said. It is such a small community and it will have such a huge effect. They would identify victims only after next of kin had been notified, said the police.

"Forever Dreaming is our forever farm". We are stunned and still trying to understand how this could happen.

Ms Miles home-schooled her three sons and her daughter, who were all thought to have autism, at the farm, which is owned by her parents, Cynda and Peter Miles.

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