Australian police identify victims in worst mass shooting since 1996

Irene MckinneyMay 14, 2018

Seven people, including four children, were found dead from gunshot wounds early Friday at a property in southwest Australia, near the popular tourist town of Margaret River, police said.

"At 5.15am yesterday morning, police received a triple 0 emergency call from a male person", Commissioner Dawson said.

The bodies of three adults and four children were found at a property in the village of Osmington along with two guns, Western Australia state police commissioner Chris Dawson said.

Mr Miles and his wife Cynda were also found dead at the property.

Dawson said police have talked to the children's father.

Crime-scene and homicide detectives were called to investigate.

"It appears that gunshot wounds are there, but I don't want to go further than that as two firearms have been located", Dawson said.

The children were on the Autism spectrum, said a friend of the family, who is in the same home-schooling network. They were also believed to be...

The murder-suicide is the worst Down Under since 1996, when a lone gunman killed 35 people and seriously wounded 23 others in Port Arthur. "We're providing him with as much support as we can".

The generally accepted definition of a mass shooting - four deaths excluding the shooter in a single event - has been met only once in Australia since then. "Longarm" weapons refer to firearms shot from the shoulder like shotguns and rifles.

'The point is this: while some data suggest that super-strict gun control has cut down on gun violence and gun-related deaths in some cases, there's still no guarantee that you're safe, ' Hashmi writes.

In 2016, 20 years after the shooting in Tasmania, The Post's Christopher Ingraham cited research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that Australia had not had a mass shooting since the changes, and that suicide rates in the country had been on the decline.

In a community so small and tightknit that some farms have just the first names of their owners painted on the driveway gates, it's a small, silent reference to a trauma that the entire area is still struggling to grasp.

"Margaret River is one of the more famous parts of Western Australia, and it's sad now outside our great state, and internationally, it will be associated with this tragedy".

According to neighbors and public records, Cynda Miles worked for a local community group. Her children, Ryan, Taye, Ayre and Kadyn, were aged between eight and 13. Neighbors reported that the children were home-schooled there. The four children were homeschooled on the property.

Osmington is mostly rural, consisting of vineyards and farms, while nearby Margaret River is known for craft breweries, boutiques and surrounding wineries.

In Osmington and in Margaret River, though, there was little interest in political debates.

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