Tragedy in Margaret River

May 12, 2018, 07:33
Tragedy in Margaret River

The deadly incident was Australia's worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur massacre in 1996, when a gunman opened fire in a cafe in Tasmania and then hunted down more victims in his vehicle, killing 35 and injuring many others.

Detectives will spend the weekend combing through a rural property near Margaret River in Western Australia - following a suspected murder-suicide.

The children and one adult were found in a shed that had been converted to a living space, while the other two bodies were found outside. Their daughter Katrina Cockman was identified as one of the victims, along with her four children, aged eight to 13, according to local reports. The other two adults killed have not yet been confirmed - the ABC reported Katrina's parents Cynda and Peter Miles were also killed, while other reports quoted friends who insisted only Cynda's death had been confirmed. While some in the US have argued in favor of gun regulations similar to those of Australia, others have argued America's situation is different, indicating alternative solutions are necessary to prevent mass shootings in the U.S. It is early in this investigation, ' WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson told a police press conference on Friday morning.

News Corp is reporting an emergency call alerting police to the shooting at the Margaret River farm just after 5am is believed to have been from the killer himself.

Seven people were killed in a shooting in Western Australia on Friday. Police responded to a call about the shooting around dawn.

Augusta-Margaret River shire president Pamela Townshend said the tragedy would send shockwaves throughout the small community. This is a service for people who may be thinking about suicide, or those who are concerned about family or friends.

'Upon arrival, police located seven persons deceased.

Mr Garnett said he was feeling helpless and at a loss on hearing the news, so he cooked sausages and brought them with bread and sauce to the police officers manning the roadblock, which will likely remain in place on his street for days to come.

"You can imagine this warm, motherly person who's always smiling", she said, "always generous and brings fresh baked scones to everything".

Dawson said there appeared to be gunshot wounds, "but I don't want to go further than that as two firearms have been located at the scene".

One local who wished not to be named described the family at the centre of the tragedy as "quiet".

A neighbour says the family were good, community oriented people.

In a report made by the Australian, Katrina Miles made a noteworthy Facebook entry stating, "My ex does not stop stalking me".

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