Margaret River shooting: mother and her four children among victims

Margaret River shooting: mother and her four children among victims

Margaret River shooting: mother and her four children among victims

Cynda Miles was described by her neighbour Felicity Haynes as "extremely active" in the community, and was a member of several local organisations.

If confirmed as a mass shooting, the incident in Margaret River will be the largest mass shooting in Australia since 1996, when 35 people were killed in Port Arthur.

Police dispatched to a property owned under the names of Cynda and Peter Miles in Osmington, Australia, right outside of Margaret River, which is a well-known tourist town.

"The bodies of two adults were located outside [and] five bodies were located inside a building on the rural property", Dawson said, according to the BBC.

On the farm's website, Cynda Miles wrote of watching her grandchildren play with the animals, describing it as the family's "forever farm".

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said two firearms were found and the victims suffered gunshot wounds.

Dawson wouldn't speculate on a motive, however stated police had no rapid issues about public security past the property. Commissioner Dawson described the murder as a "horrific incident".

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He added: "This devastating tragedy will little question have an enduring impression on the households involved, the entire group and, specifically, the native communities in our southwest", he added.

Meg Janes, who lives near the Miles' property, said she heard gunshots at the time of the shooting, but thought it was kangaroos being targeted. The U.S.'s worst mass shooting took place in Las Vegas in October, where nearly 60 people were killed and over 500 injured.

Seven people are dead in the worst mass shooting in Australia in 22 years. They said criminals would be emboldened because more of their victims would be unarmed.

The deceased, Katrina Miles and her four children, aged eight to 13 were found at the crime scene.

Australia has a tough gun control law, where they have banned weapons of all types and a restrictive system of licensing and ownership controls.

Australia's gun laws are widely acclaimed as a success, with supporters including former USA president Barack Obama saying Australia has not had a single mass shooting since they were implemented.

Osmington is a collection of a few streets, farms, vacation accommodations and vineyards supplying the premium wine-making district known as Margaret River.

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