The police on Friday said, seven people including four children, were found dead from gunshot wounds at a rural property in Western Australia, making it the worst mass shooting in Australia in more than 20 years.
The police received a call around 5 a.m. Friday to the home of Cynda and Peter Miles in Osmington, a village near the tourist town of Margaret River, which is 170 miles south of Perth, where the body the victims, four adults and three children were discovered.
Crime-scene and homicide detectives are presently in Perth to investigate the incident.
The most senior police officer in the region, Superintendent Mick Sutherland said on Friday that the property was a crime scene “and we’ve got to figure out what happened.”
The identity of the victims or the gunman, presumed to be among them has not publicly identified until their next of kin had been notified, according to the police.
“The loss of any life is tragic, but the loss of four children and three adults — this is a significant tragedy,” Chris Dawson, commissioner of the Western Australia Police, said at a news conference. “Police are currently responding to what I can only describe as a horrific incident.”