Australia's First Mass Shooting In Two Decades Leaves Seven Dead

Australia's First Mass Shooting In Two Decades Leaves Seven Dead

Mr Dawson clarified only one body was found outside the property's buildings.

"I actually spoke to him the night before the incident", said Richard Dosser, who lives about two kilometres down the road.

"The hairs on my arms where standing up all day yesterday, it really grabbed me because of the kids involved", he said.

'Upon arrival, police located seven persons deceased.

In 2016, 20 years after the shooting in Tasmania, The Post's Christopher Ingraham cited research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that Australia had not had a mass shooting since the reform, and that suicide rates in the country had been on the decline. Also, police do not conduct searches podozrevaemyh, as there is a suspicion that the killer was one of the victims, was suicidal.

"This devastating tragedy will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community and, in particular, the local communities in our southwest", he added.

Four children were among those killed, which took place at the family's home in Osmington, which is south of Perth and on the southwestern tip of the country. One woman was found inside the main house and another woman and four children were found in the second home on the property, a converted shed.

Earlier Dawson would not confirm reports that Peter Miles had called the police at 5.15am on Friday, shortly before his and his six relatives' bodies were found.

Police have described the incident, at a rural property in Osmington, 20km northeast of Margaret River, as an "horrific tragedy" and are treating it as a murder-suicide.

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The victims appear to have died from gunshot wounds.

A spokeswoman for community group Transition Town Margaret River (TMR) said she will be sorely missed.

Family is now being supported and are helping police with their investigations.

"Many people who know the family are deeply feeling the loss". All seven of those found dead lived on the property, authorities said.

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

Asked about Mrs Miles' husband, Ms Townshend said: "I don't know Peter". "It's such a small community and it will have such a huge effect".

Cynda Miles was a stalwart in the sustainability community, volunteering with the local Transition Network and leading recycling initiatives including Cynda's Soft Salvage. In this community we are so well connected.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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