Seven found dead at Australian rural property

A family of seven, including four children, were found dead with gunshot wounds on Friday at a rural property in southwest Australia in what could be the country's worst mass shooting in 22 years, police and media said.

Australia effectively banned the ownership of most firearms for most people in the wake of a 1996 shooting in Port Arthur.

What they found was the bodies of two adults outside, and another adult and four children inside the converted shed.

They are not pursuing any suspects but would not confirm that the case is being treated as a murder-suicide, according to The New York Times.

Katrina Miles, her four children and their Grandmother Cynda Miles. The other two bodies are yet to be identified.

"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 said. While some in the USA have argued in favor of gun regulations similar to those of Australia, others have argued America's situation is different, indicating alternative solutions are necessary to prevent mass shootings in the U.S.

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson addresses the media in Perth, Australia, May 11, 2018.

Four children were among those killed, which took place at the family's home in Osmington, which is south of Perth and on the southwestern tip of the country.

Western Australia homicide squad detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of seven people in Osmington, near Margaret River.

The crime scene is so extensive, senior WA police expect to be at the site for up to five days.

Commissioner Dawson said the phone call to police had been recorded but he would not reveal any more details about it.

Osmington is a small rural community with some 135 residents. A family friend stated that the children were homeschooled for they were diagnosed with Autism, The New York Times reports.

But locals in the local community say they "can't get their head around" the suggestion that Mr Miles could be responsible.

'Upon arrival, police located seven persons deceased.

"Regional and rural areas are particularly vulnerable to these sorts of tragedies, because of the combination of isolation, sometimes mental or financial hardship and easy access to firearms", Less said in a statement.

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

The Shire President of Augusta-Margaret River, Pam Townsend, told 2GB what had happened was surreal.

One local who wished not to be named described the family at the centre of the tragedy as "quiet".

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