Published: Tue, June 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Four dead in northern Australia shooting

Four dead in northern Australia shooting

At least four people have been killed and a man is in custody after a gunman opened fire in Darwin on Tuesday night, police in Australia say.

Mass shootings are usually defined as those resulting in at least four deaths excluding the shooter.

"At this stage we've got reports of four deceased and a number of other people who have been shot", he told Guardian Australia. Police said there is no reason to believe any other offenders had been involved.

Police at a crime scene on the intersection of McMinn Street and Stuart Highway in Darwin.

He said the matter would be "managed" and "dealt with" by the Northern Territory government'.

He also tried to enter the Peter McCauley Centre police station to possibly hand himself in, then contacted a duty superintendent who did a "magnificent job in negotiating with him" before the arrest, Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw told reporters.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has spoken out to condemn the "terrible act of violence".

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Witness Leah Potter told the ABC a woman was shot through her hotel room door at the Palms Motel on Darwin's Esplanade at about 6pm.

Another witness, John Rose, told The Australian newspaper that he saw the gunman walk into the motel with a sawn-off shotgun.

According to the ABC, there are further crime scenes at the Buff Club in Stuart Park and on Gardens Hill Crescent in The Gardens.

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.

She is in hospital in a stable condition, an NT Health spokeswoman said.

While the motel is the main crime scene, local reports suggest there could be as many as five different crime scenes.

'I want to thank the Chief Minister (Michael) Gunner for the way that he's working with the Commonwealth authorities but particularly I just want to extend my deep condolences and sympathies, ' he said. "This is a very tight community and I know they'll be rocked by these events".

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