EPL Prediction Competition 2018-2019 Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Seven found dead at Australian rural property

AUSTRALIA: Four children and three adults were found dead at a rural property near the Margaret River wine region in Western Australia yesterday (May 11) in an apparent murder-suicide. If confirmed as a mass shooting, the incident will be the worst in Australia since the 1996 massacre at Port Arthur in Tasmania that left 35 people dead.

murderpolice
By AFP

Saturday 12 May 2018, 09:33AM


Police said they responded to an early-morning phone call and arrived to find a “horrific incident” in the small town of Osmington near the world-renowned wine-growing area south of Perth.

Five bodies were found inside a house and two outside. Two weapons were found nearby.

Homicide detectives were investigating but police were not looking for a suspect – suggesting a murder-suicide although this was not confirmed.

“I can only say at this point in time, we have no information to raise concern about wider public safety issues,” Western Australia police commissioner Chris Dawson said.

“We’re still yet to make contact with other members of the family so at this point in time, all I’ll confirm is that there are four children and three adults that have all been located deceased.”

The ages of the children were not released.

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”.

It was believed those who died lived at the property, about 10 minutes drive from Margaret River, a popular tourist destination renowned for its wine, surf and natural beauty.

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

“They were just such lovely people,” she said.

“They were a very socially-aware family, doing their best to create a safe community, and that is why it is so shocking to think that could be destroyed so quickly.”

Dawson refused to be drawn on who the person was that alerted police, their relationship to the victims or whether they heard gunshots.

“The loss of any life is tragic but four children and three adults, this is a significant tragedy,” he said, adding that police and other specialists would be at the scene for several days at least.

“This will be a very large scale and detailed investigation.”

Augusta-Margaret River Shire president Pamela Townsend said the incident had impacted everyone in the area.

Mass shootings are not common in Australia, which has strict gun laws. All weapons must be registered, although many arrive illegally from overseas through organised syndicates.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
New Phuket Governor announced, starts role Oct 1

I wish the new governor great success in his upcoming difficult position. I would also like him to b...(Read More)


Chinese tourist drowns at Nai Harn

Of course it of utmost importance to state that "red flags were posted" so the blame goes ...(Read More)


Reach of the ancient empire. Were the Greeks or Romans in Phuket or the Peninsula?

I visited Egypt in 87. The statues and paintings did not look like present day Egyptians. When in T...(Read More)


Hope floats to raise the Phoenix

Probably can't swim either. ...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Never look back, never learn

Christy, this is Thailand. The worst punishment would be transferred to an inactive post. I know. Ha...(Read More)


Phoenix tour boat owner to fight charges, renounces confession

The Thai judicial system is under the microscope on this one as it's high profile the police, la...(Read More)


Phoenix tour boat owner to fight charges, renounces confession

It really doesn't matter how much assistance she provided to the survivors. What about the 47 de...(Read More)


Phuket tour boat fire investigation underway

Underway-underway-underway. Do they really not know/realise their own shortcomings in their jobs on ...(Read More)


New Phuket Governor announced, starts role Oct 1

A new Governor, a new Captain on the ship Phuket! Let's hope the change brings something good f...(Read More)


New Phuket Governor announced, starts role Oct 1

According to his CV with a Master in Public Administration (M.P.A.) at the American International Co...(Read More)