'Devastating tragedy' as family of seven found dead in Australia

'Devastating tragedy' as family of seven found dead in Australia

'Devastating tragedy' as family of seven found dead in Australia

Police investigating the deaths of two grandparents, a mother and her four children in Western Australia yesterday are focusing their inquiries on the grandfather as the perpetrator. Two guns were also found on the scene.

Police are expected to remain at the residence for an extended period of time. They all resided at the property, he said. Two adults lay on the outside, and another adult and four children inside the building.

Dawson wouldn't speculate on a motive, however stated police had no rapid issues about public security past the property.

Later on Friday, police in WA released a statement saying the "process of formally identifying the deceased at the Osmington property is progressing".

Katrina Miles describes her occupation as "parent of four handsome children" and had shared pictures of the family at the wedding of her brother, Neil in April 2016.

Ms Miles home-schooled her three sons and her daughter, who were all thought to have autism, at the farm, which is owned by her parents, Cynda and Peter Miles.

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Authorities in Western Australia responded early Friday morning to a home in Osmington, not far from Perth, where the four children and three adults were found dead from gunshot wounds, according to local news reports.

Proud locals say people go there to retire or bask in a rural paradise. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone that will be affected by this tragedy, including those first responders", State MP for Vasse Libby Mettam told ABC.net. "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 southwest".

"Homicide Squad Detectives and Forensic officers will continue their examination of the scene", it read.

In 1996, 35 people were killed over two days in the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania. Gun opponents, including Gun Control Australia, have highlighted the softening of regulations around ownership and allowing unlimited possession of ammunition among their concerns.

Former President Obama pointed to Australia's gun laws in a speech calling for gun control after a shooting at an OR community college in early 2015.

The commissioner has urged anyone with any information about the horrific incident to contact the police immediately.

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