Australia's worst mass shooting in 22 years

'Gunshot wounds, seven bodies... horrific': Police detail tragic scene officers found at a remote property outside Margaret River

Seven people-four children and three adults-were found dead with gunshot wounds on Friday at a rural property in Osmington, Western Australia.

The incident has been described as Australia's worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur massacre.

Police confirmed that all the victims were shot.

He added: 'The loss of any life is tragic, but four children and three adults, this is a significant tragedy'.

"Police are now responding to what I can only describe as a horrific incident", he said.

She said the family were well known to locals and much loved for their volunteer and charity work, particularly in the area of sustainability. Police were led to the property by a phone call.

As such, the rarity of mass shootings in the country, especially compared to the United States, has seen Australia's gun laws widely heralded as a success and suggested as a model for other countries to follow.

Australia has banned all semi-automatic rifles and all semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns, and has a restrictive system of licensing and ownership controls.




"It's not only devastating for people who know the victims but there's this feeling of fear generated around violence and gun violence".

Farmers are allowed to personal weapons below Australian legislation as a result of they've a authentic want to make use of them to kill feral pests and predators or sick or injured livestock. And they staged large rallies.

In 2016, 20 years after the shooting in Tasmania, The Post's Christopher Ingraham cited research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that Australia had not had a mass shooting since the reform, and that suicide rates in the country had been on the decline.

Of the seven people found at the house, five were discovered inside a converted shed, while two were found outside. The newspaper was applauding Australia's National Firearms Amnesty, which gives people the opportunity to register or sell their firearms - "no questions asked". A family friend stated that the children were homeschooled for they were diagnosed with Autism, The New York Times reports.

About 5.15am police were called to a residence near the south west town in Western Australia.

Public records said Cynda Miles worked for a community group and the children were all home-schooled.

"This is going to rock our whole community", she said.

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