Seven found dead with gunshot wounds on west Australia property

MARGARET RIVER TRAGEDY PRESSER

The police said that four children and three adults were among those murdered.

The unnamed relatives of the Miles family said they were "still trying to understand how this could happen".

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

"We're still yet to make contact with other members of the family so at this point in time, all I'll confirm is that there are four children and three adults that have all been located deceased".

They also reiterated they were not looking for other suspects.

"Police are now responding to what I can only describe as a horrific incident", said Western Australia state Police Commissioner Chris Dawson.

"We will investigate this awful crime", said Dawson, noting that this event is "a bad tragedy".

"This devastating tragedy will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community and, in particular, the local communities in our South West", he told reporters. "We're providing him with as much support as we can".

"You can imagine this warm, motherly person who's always smiling", she said, "always generous and brings fresh baked scones to everything".

He said in this case it appears the guns were licensed.

"I'm not going to put a timeframe on that", Mr Dawson said.

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According to Lenta.ru police said that five bodies were found inside the house, and two, respectively, in the yard.

Margaret River's main street, a cafe worker said, "they have got it wrong. Forensic officers from police are completing their methodical work at the scene".

The mass shooting has rattled Australia, where lawmakers passed some of the world's most restrictive gun-control laws after a 1996 massacre in Tasmania.

Speaking to media for the first time since the tragedy, Mr Cockman said he wasn't angry at his father-in-law for the deaths of his children and former partner.

West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has met with grieving residents of the Margaret River community.

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

"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".

The Miles family were known in Margaret River as loving people, well liked and well respected around town.

"It's a small rural community so everybody is connected to everybody". "In this community, we're so well-connected".

'There'll be skilled volunteers, along with a range of agencies, who will be there available to assist with community support services'. Flowers and cards can also be left at the church gallery.

"We know where the call was made from, we know whose phone it was made from".

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