Seven people dead in Australia, worst mass shooting since 1996 Video

Marsha Scott
May 12, 2018

The bodies of three adults and four children were found at a property in the rural village of Osmington in the country's southwest, according to The Associated Press.

This could be the worst mass shooting in Australia since a lone gunman killed 35 in Tasmania in 1996, prompting the nation to introduce tough gun controls.

'The bodies of two adults were located outside, five bodies were located inside a building on the rural property.

Police are treating the incident as a murder-suicide and have confirmed they are not looking for any suspects.

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said two firearms were found and the victims suffered gunshot wounds.

The bodies were those of Peter and Cynda Miles, their daughter Katrina Miles and her four children, according to a friend of the deceased.

Local media have called it "the worst mass shooting incident" in decades.

Police were attempting to make contact with victims' relatives, Dawson said.

Terror struck a rural property near Margaret River in Western Australia.

Specialist units from Perth, including the Homicide Squad and Forensic Crime Scene Unit, have deployed to the scene.

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"In a land of only 18 million people, almost everyone knew someone, or knew someone who knew someone, who was among the 500 or so people in the small waterfront historic site at Port Arthur that day", Sullivan wrote.

"The reason police went to the property was from a telephone call which we've recorded", said Dawson, who would not comment on the identity of the caller.

Commissioner Dawson said the small Osmington community would be reeling but was confident it would rally together.

The grandfather is suspected to have gunned down six members of his own family at a Margaret River farm yesterday before turning the gun on himself, News Corp is reporting.

Most recently Democratic representative Eric Swalwell (Calif.) penned an op-ed calling for a gun confiscation scheme similar to Australia's in the United States.

Police did not immediately identify the dead, saying they were still trying to locate next of kin, but authorities believe all seven people who were slain were residents of the property, the newspaper reported.

Former local councillor Felicity Haynes, who lives on a neighbouring property, said the family involved were "caring neighbours". Two firearms were also found at the scene.

"They were just such lovely people", she told the broadcaster.

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

Augusta-Margaret River Shire president Pamela Townshend said Osmington Road was home to a particularly tight sub-community.

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