Australia shooting victims 3 generations of same family

Frederick Owens
May 13, 2018

Police issued a statement from unnamed relatives of the Miles family saying: "We are devastated by this shocking event".

'We respectfully ask the community to refrain from speculating on the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident'.

"We thank the community for their support and ask that our privacy is respected as we grieve".

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. They had spent time attending the local school but were later withdrawn to be home-schooled by their mother. Katrina Miles, daughter of Cynda, lived on the property with her four children, ages 8 to 13.

WA Police Chief Commissioner Chris Dawson said a man "connected to the property" had called and alerted them to the property.

He emphasised that police did not believe anyone else was involved in the deaths and officers were not looking for any other suspects.

Commissioner Chris Dawson said Mr Miles was the only person of interest at this stage.

"The property was a crime scene", and we've got to figure out what happened", South West Superintendent Mick Sutherland, who is the most senior police officer in the region, said on Friday.

The WA premier was on Sunday questioned about "nasty comments" since made overseas, including from the USA, that question whether Australia still remains an example of "excellent" gun control after the mass shooting.

Cockman, who told reporters in Margaret River he was estranged from Katrina, said "Peter didn't snap".

The body of one adult was found outside a house and the others were found inside.

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The father was also found dead at the scene along with his wife, daughter and their four grandchildren, sources told The Weekend Australian.

"The examination of the crime scene will still take several days".

Seven people have been killed in what could be the worst mass shooting in Australia in 20 years.

He said the community had never seen anything like it.

Shire of Augusta Margaret River President Pam Townshend also spoke at the conference, offering her condolences to the family.

News.com.au has seen a social media post from someone who knew the family which said: "Lovely people, but insane ex-husband".

"Police are still some way from completing out investigations and all the information that we need to do to perform our duty for the State Coroner".

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

"I wish to offer my condolences to the family and to the community about this bad tragedy", Cr Townshend said. "In this community, we're so well-connected". "I'm tremendously sad but I'll get through this".

Flowers have been left outside the Osmington property where the bodies of seven people were found.

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