Mass Australian shooting leaves four children dead

Western Australia state police commissioner Chris Dawson said the tragedy would have a lasting impact on the community More

Western Australia state police commissioner Chris Dawson said the tragedy would have a lasting impact on the community More

"I don't want anyone to feel angry".

Mr Cockman said Mr Miles had struggled for years to recover from the shock after one of his sons took his own life.

Among the ways the regulations in Western Australia have been eroded, critics say: No police checks are required to obtain second or subsequent hunting rifles; firearms safety-training courses are not required; there is no minimum age to obtain a minor's permit; and there is no limit on the quantity of ammunition that can be purchased at any given time.

Margaret River residents find solace at the community centre, where a temporary support centre has been set up.

"It's not some random guy off the street who's taken them away from me - he gave them to me and now he's taken them away", the father said according to 7 News.

Seven people have been found dead with gunshot wounds at a property near the Australian tourist town of Margaret River, police said.

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Police were tipped off by a phone call from a man "connected to the property" and arrived at the rural home in Osmington, south of Perth, at about 5.15am.

Recent US mass shootings to make global headlines include the deaths of 17 people at a Florida high school in February, 58 people on the Las Vegas Strip in October 2017 and 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub in 2016.

The newspaper also called for firearm prohibition orders that would "allow police to subject prohibited persons to warrantless searches and ban them from being in proximity to a gun". "I think he's been thinking this through for a long time", Aaron Cockman, speaking for the first time since the tragedy, told reporters.

Katrina Miles (red dress) with her father Peter (dark suit blue tie), and her mother Cynda (third from right) and her four children.

Peter Miles, the 61-year-old grandfather, who was among the dead, is thought to be a prime suspect, although police have yet to formally confirm this.

An investigation is under way and Western Australia Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said in a press conference Saturday, they are treating the tragic incident as a murder-suicide.

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Margot Edwards is a Margaret River writer.

The police chaplain has been supporting officers through what Commissioner Dawson described as one of the most confronting police have had to deal with.

A murder-suicide is suspected, although this has not been confirmed by law enforcement officials.

The incident could be the worst mass shooting in Australia since a lone gunman killed 35 in Tasmania in 1996.

Haynes told 9 News that over the years, Cynda Miles had become a beloved member of the small community.

"Anger will destroy you".

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