Police investigate if grandfather is responsible for mass shooting

Police investigate if grandfather is responsible for mass shooting

Three guns found at the scene of the mass shooting that killed seven in Western Australia on Friday are registered to the four dead children's grandfather.

Five bodies were found inside one building, according to police, which reports said were Miles and her four children - two boys and two girls.

The family of seven suspected murder-suicide victims have broken their silence over the shooting tragedy.

Police said they were not looking for a suspect, and were treating the shooting as a murder suicide.

Earlier Dawson would not confirm reports that Peter Miles had called the police at 5.15am on Friday, shortly before his and his six relatives' bodies were found.

The police commissioner said homicide detectives were helping local police with the investigation, supported by specialist units and a chaplain.

The bodies of the man's daughter, believed to be Katrina Miles and her four children, aged between eight and 13, were found in a shed that had been converted into living quarters on the property.

"We know that other countries in response to one mass shooting have managed to craft laws that nearly eliminate mass shootings".

Katrina Miles and her four children.

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"The hairs on my arms where standing up all day yesterday, it really grabbed me because of the kids involved", he said.

Gun violence has been rare in Australia since new laws were passed following a mass shooting in 1996.

Dawson refused to be drawn on who the person was that alerted police, their relationship to the victims or whether they heard gunshots. Police won't reveal what was said but say that call lasted less than two minutes.

There's an eerie feeling about the tourist town of Margaret River.

In a statement, West Australian Police said officers were expected to remain at the home for "an extended period of time".

Mr Cockman, who was estranged from Katrina, said he had not spoken to Peter and Cynda "since they cut me off from my kids" but being angry served no goal.

"Many people who know the family are deeply feeling the loss and the community understandably do want answers". Former United States President Barack Obama [VIDEO] often used Australia's strict and well-regulated gun control laws as an example as an outline for American gun control laws. Neighbors described Cynda Miles being "extremely active" in the community and participating in several local events and organizations.

To support locals, free counselling sessions have been set up at the Margaret River Community Resource Centre.

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