2019-06-05 08:49:01 UTC
Four are dead and one is injured in Australias second deadliest mass
shooting since the 1996 Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania.
A 45-year-old gunman began opening fire with a pump-action shot gun at a
motel in the northern city of Darwin before opening fire at other nearby
locations in the citys central business district around 6 p.m. Monday.
Pump-action shotguns are largely prohibited in the country under sweeping
legislation passed in the aftermath of the Port Arthur shooting, where 35
people were killed.
He shot up all the rooms, and he went to every room looking for somebody,
and he shot them all up, John Rose, a witness, told Australias public
broadcaster. Then we saw him rush out, jump into his Toyota pickup and
Police said the man was out of prison on parole and was wearing an
electronic monitoring bracelet. After about an hour police took the
suspect into custody.
The moment the alleged Darwin gunman arrested in CBD. Up to 5 believed
dead. @abcnews @abcdarwin pic.twitter.com/U2ukTDJjrl
Stephanie Zillman (@Steph_Zillman) June 4, 2019
Northern Territory Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw said that they were
still working on establishing a motive for the shooting.
Were still trying to establish the intent and motivation behind this,
but all I can say, sadly, is that people have lost their lives this
evening, Kershaw said.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the shooting was not
I have been in contact with Chief Minister Gunner and understand this is
not an act of terrorism and a person has been taken into custody. My
thoughts are with Territorians and the tight-knit community in Darwin, he
We have seen a terrible act of violence take place in Darwin this evening.
We know four people have lost their lives and there are a number of other
Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) June 4, 2019
In addition to prohibiting pump-action shotguns, the strict gun control
measures passed after the Port Arthur shooting also banned automatic and
semi-automatic assault rifles, except in rare circumstances. It also
created a national gun registry and a temporary buyback program.