Published: Wed, June 05, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

At least 4 dead in shooting in Australian city of Darwin

At least 4 dead in shooting in Australian city of Darwin

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

The 45-year-old man is reported to have shot 12 rounds into the doors of motel rooms before fleeing the scene.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese were briefed by Northern Territory Police.

At 6.45pm police arrested the man in Stuart Park without incident, Morgan said.

Witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots before the shooter - described by police as a caucasian man wearing high-vis workwear - emerged from behind the motel with what looked like a high-powered shotgun.

Darwin was plunged into lockdown as police chased the shooter.

"Today, the fourth of June 2019, has been a devastating day in the Northern Territory".

"This is not the Darwin we know. this is an event you can prepare for but it's never an event you want to respond to. this has been a hard night tonight".

"We watched him like 20 feet away, calmly walk into the hotel room shoot the door open and then proceeded to shoot up every room", he wrote.

"This is a bad act of violence that has already, I'm advised, taken the lives of four people", Morrison told reporters in London.

Jasmine Kielly and her partner, Brendan Ozanne, who moved to Darwin a week ago from Brisbane, were staying at the motel when they saw the gunman. Members of the Territory Response Group arrest a suspected gunman in Darwin.

Police said there were at least five different crime scenes they would spend the night working through.

A witness to that shooting, who did not wish to be named, said he was inside his home watching TV when the alleged shooter broke in with a shotgun in hand and shot his male house mate before escaping.

Witness Leah Potter, who was at the Alatai Holiday Apartments near to the city's Central Business District, said she saw a woman get shot.

"Our advice is that this is not a terrorist act, nothing to suggest this was the case whatsoever". This is a very tight community and I know they will be rocked by these events.

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