Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Seven found dead at Australian rural property

Seven found dead at Australian rural property

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

"They were good people".

Sullivan added: "There was, of course, opposition to the new gun restrictions: Gun owners argued that the laws would not reduce gun crime and would unfairly penalize law-abiding sport-shooters".

A mother and her four children were among the seven people found dead today on a rural property south of Perth.

Police have not released information regarding who made the phone call.

"Police are now responding to what I can only describe as a horrific incident", said Western Australia state Police Commissioner Chris Dawson".

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

Mr Dawson described the discovery as "devastating".

The owner of the farm next door, Neil Garnett, said the news was so appalling it did not seem real.

News.com.au has seen a social media post from someone who knew the family which said: "Lovely people, but insane ex-husband".

"It just seems too weird, it's a handsome sunny autumn day and here we are under these circumstances".

Its understood three generations of the same family lived at the Forever Dreaming Farm.

He said two firearms were found at the scene, and victims suffered gunshot wounds.

Russia Urges 'Restraint on All Sides' after Israeli Strikes in Syria
Israel says it retaliated with airstrikes overnight, claiming they took out " nearly all " of Iran's military sites in Syria. Conricus said intelligence, logistics, storage and vehicles as well as the origin of the rockets were targeted.

"It's about the sleepiest place you can get".

"Naturally, we will be asking for anyone who does know anything about this matter to contact police".

"We will overcome it of course, but it has shaken us to the core".

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

They have been joined by dozens of media crews, with the story attracting global headlines.

Police were called to the property in Osmington, West Australia, about 5.15am local time, and found the bodies of Cynda Miles, and Katrina Miles and her children, aged eight to 13.

Helicopter footage showed one of the bodies was found slumped in an armchair on the verandah. Two guns were also found on the scene.

In 1996, a lone gunman killed 35 people and injured 23 in Tasmania state, prompting Australia to adopt tough gun control laws. It wasn't until I saw the police that I thought, "Hang on a minute".

Felicity Haynes lives about 500 metres from their property.

"I can't imagine just how disturbed someone is, how they could do that", he told AAP.

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

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan described it as "tragic and shocking".

"This is going to have an enormous effect on young people in the community". We really need to talk about violence, don't we, in our society.

Like this: