Tuesday 22 October 2019

Gunman who killed four was out of jail on parole

A man who was out of prison on parole was arrested after fatally shooting four men and wounding a woman in an hour-long downtown rampage in the northern Australian city of Darwin. (stock picture)
A man who was out of prison on parole was arrested after fatally shooting four men and wounding a woman in an hour-long downtown rampage in the northern Australian city of Darwin. (stock picture)

Rod McGuirk

A man who was out of prison on parole was arrested after fatally shooting four men and wounding a woman in an hour-long downtown rampage in the northern Australian city of Darwin.

Police did not reveal a motive for the shotgun attack, but ruled out terrorism.

It was the country's third mass shooting since tough gun laws were introduced in response to a 1996 massacre in which a lone gunman armed with two semi-automatic assault rifles killed 35 people in Tasmania. Mass shootings are defined as resulting in at least four deaths.

During his rampage, four men were killed and a woman was wounded at five places around Darwin.

The 45-year-old suspect was released from prison on parole in January and was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet. Police did not say why he had been in prison or whether the bracelet helped police arrest him.

"He is well known to police and has a number of interactions adverse with the police," said Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw.

The woman who was wounded did not have serious injuries, he said.

The Health Department had earlier said two people were taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds and both were in stable condition. It was not immediately clear if the second victim had been injured in an unrelated shooting.

Mr Kershaw said the man was arrested after he contacted a senior police officer.

Witnesses described the shooter using a pump action shotgun to fire multiple blasts at the Palms Hotel and Buffalo Club. A victim was killed at each. Mr Kershaw confirmed the suspect was armed with a shotgun, but could not confirm what type.

Irish Independent

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