Seven killed in mass shooting in Australia

Seven killed in mass shooting in Australia

He said he had spoken to Aaron Cockman, the father of the four children who were killed and thanked police and others who are investigating the deaths.

The bodies of seven people, including 4 autistic children, were found near or at a farm property in Osmington near the South-western tip of Australia, confirmed Western Australia State Police Commissioner Chris Dawson.

West Australian Police Commissioner Chris Dawson would not confirm if police believed the 61-year-old was the shooter, only saying the investigation at the scene would take several more days.

"The officers that attended did an excellent job in tragic circumstances", he says.

"I'm very confident as I stand here that the call and response that they made was exactly the same as what I would have done".

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.

A neighbor, Meg Janes, told Perth Now she heard the gunshots and assumed someone was shooting kangaroos but said in hindsight it was likely something far more sinister.

"Only one victim was found outside of buildings", Mr Dawson said.

"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.


The Augusta-Margaret River Shire is trying to pull the community together, offering professional support services at the Margaret River Community Centre on Tunbridge Street and encouraging people to leave flowers there as a tribute. Also, police do not conduct searches podozrevaemyh, as there is a suspicion that the killer was one of the victims, was suicidal.

He said homicide detectives were helping police.

In a statement, West Australian Police said officers were expected to remain at the home for "an extended period of time".

"We know where the call was made from, we know whose phone it was made from".

Peter Miles (second from left), his wife, Cynda (back right), their daughter Katrina (left), and her four children, Taye, Rylan, Ayre, and Kadyn.

Two firearms were also located at the scene. "The loss of any life is tragic, but four children and three adults-this is a significant tragedy".

"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. He said his heart went out to the community.

Another Margaret River Local, Phil Armstrong, said everyone in town knew of Cynda Miles and her family because she was so active in the community. "In this community, we're so well-connected".

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