Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Seven found dead at property in WA

7 people, including 4 children, shot dead in Australian town – police Seven people found dead at property north east of Margaret River
Deanna Wagner | 11 May, 2018, 11:28

THE bodies of four children and three adults have been found at a property northwest of Margaret River in what police have described as a "horrific tragedy".

Two firearms have been located at the scene, but its not yet confirmed how the people involved died.

In 2015, NSW farmer Geoff Hunt killed his wife and three children before wading into a small dam and shooting himself.

Two of the adults were found outside and the other five victims were inside the home in Osmington, 12.4 miles (20km) northeast of Margaret River in the famous wine region.

Commissioner Dawson added "two firearms" were located at the scene.

"This is a tragedy - I don't think any other words can describe how tragic this is", Commissioner Dawson said.

Chris Dawson, a Western Australia Police commissioner, stated the event was a "clear tragedy".

A police chaplain is there to support officers.

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About 5:15am this morning, Police were called to the residence in Osmington.

Reverend Sarah MacPherson of the Anglican Augusta-Margaret River parish says St John the Evangelist church on Osmington Road is open for anyone who would like to come for prayer.

Next of kin have not yet been notified - authorities are attempting to locate family members and friends.

It is understood detectives from the major crime squad are travelling to Margaret River from Perth this morning.

"There's a priority to these investigations so we'll immediately concentrate on the actual scene itself and, as matters are further investigated, naturally, we would be asking for anyone that does know anything about this matter to contact police", he said.

"There was nothing much I could tell them", said the semi-retired farmer.

Mr Dawson said: 'The reason police went to the property was from a telephone call which we've recorded'.