Seven found dead in rural Western Australia - police

Reuters | Published: 09:45, May 11,2018

 
 

Seven people have been found dead in a rural town in Australia’s Margaret River wine-growing region, police said on Friday.

The bodies of four children and three adults were found at or near a property in Osmington near the southwestern tip of Australia, Western Australia’s commissioner of police Chris Dawson told a news conference.

Dawson said that firearms were found at the scene. He said that there appeared to be gunshot wounds.

‘I can only describe it as a horrific situation,’ Dawson said.

Gun crime in Australia fell sharply after strict controls were introduced in response to a mass shooting in 1996, when a lone gunman killed 35 people in Tasmania.

That prompted the government to buy back or confiscate a million firearms and make it harder to buy new ones.

 

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