Four children among seven dead in mass Western Australia tragedy

Aaron Brown
May 12, 2018

Cynda Miles was described by her neighbour Felicity Haynes as "extremely active" in the community, and was a member of several local organisations.

Katrina Miles and her four children, aged eight to 13, were found dead, along with two other people, by police early on Friday morning in what appears to be a murder suicide.

He said a "male person" connected to the property had phoned police shortly before they attended.

Friday, may 11 the police in Western Australia had received an anonymous call reporting the shooting incident in a rural area near Osmington to the North-West of the town of Margaret river.

The deaths have traumatised the village of Osmington, 20km from tourist spot Margaret River, with just 135 residents. Two adults lay on the outside, and another adult and four children inside the building.

"This is a horrific incident", Chief Commissioner Chris Dawson said.

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"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 South West", he said. "I got up and went to the toilet and I thought, "That's a bit unusual, that's an odd hour to be shooting kangaroos", Meg James, 68, told local media. The killing is the country's worst mass shooting in more than two decades.

Four children and three adults have been killed in Australia's first mass shooting since 1996.

It is unclear exactly when the deaths took place, but Dawson did confirm that officers had been called to the outskirts of the property at approximated 5.15am. When the police arrived at the residence, they discovered the bodies of three adults and four children. However automated and semi-automatic rifles and shotguns are banned from public possession.

The mass shooting has rattled Australia, where lawmakers passed some of the world's most restrictive gun-control laws after a 1996 massacre in Tasmania. It has a handful of farms, vineyards and stud farms.

Not less than a few of the our bodies had gunshot wounds, authorities stated; however it wasn't clear whether or not all the victims had been fatally shot.

Australia's gun laws are widely acclaimed as a success, with supporters including former US president Barack Obama saying Australia has not had a single mass shooting since they were implemented.

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