Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Guns at scene of mass shooting in Western Australia belonged to grandfather


But neighbours told local media the dead were a woman identified as Katrina Miles, her children aged eight to 13 and her parents.

Two adults were found outside the property and the other five bodies discovered inside.

"Police have spoken to the children's father he's understandably grieving", Commissioner Dawson said. "We have no information to raise concern about wider public safety issues".

Commissioner Dawson said he would not go into details about "motive or responsibility" at the press conference and also declined to offer details of the two-minute triple-0 phone call at 5.15am from an adult male.

Three generations of a single family were identified Saturday as the victims of Australia's worst mass shooting in 22 years, a murder-suicide which left seven people dead.

Mass shooting expert Glynn Greensmith said these incidents have become incredibly rare in Australia.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that will be affected by this tragedy, including those first responders". "I just prayed that I didn't know the family, as it turns out, I kind of do".

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Osmington resident Meg Janes, 68, who lives near the property where the shooting took place, told Perth Now she heard gunshots about 4am on Friday.

Premier Mark McGowan described the incident as a "shocking tragedy".

Grandfather Peter Miles, 61, is suspected of gunning down six members of his own family at a Margaret River farm yesterday before turning the gun on himself and police say the recovered firearms were licenced to him. We are stunned and still trying to understand how this could happen.

Augusta Margaret River shire president Pam Townshend said community members were rallying around each other and counselling services were being offered at the town's Community Resource Centre.

"They were a very socially aware family, doing their best to create a safe community, and that is why it is so shocking", she said.

"The good thing about a small community is that we all mobilise to support people who are in awful distress, and there will be a huge community response ... to support people affected directly and indirectly by this".

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