Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Multiple fatalities, man arrested after shooting in Darwin, Australia

Multiple fatalities, man arrested after shooting in Darwin, Australia

Four people are dead after a shooting in Darwin on Tuesday night and a suspected gunman has been arrested. She is now in hospital in a stable condition.

Police said the gunman carried out attacks at several locations and may have been searching for a "specific individual".

Hoffman then contacted the Joint Emergency Services Communications Centre, requesting police protection.

The alleged shooter is an outlaw motorcycle gang member, well known to police with a criminal history, and the incident is not believed to be terror-related, according to police.

"He was not displaying any adverse behaviour or to reveal he was under the influence of anything, and nothing out of the ordinary was observed by police officers", NT Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw told reporters on Thursday.

Hoffmann, 45, was on parole after being released from prison when he allegedly used a pump-action 12-gauge shotgun to kill four men and seriously injure a woman on Tuesday evening.

Australia has some of the world's toughest gun control laws, adopted after its worst mass shooting, when a gunman killed 35 people at Port Arthur in the island state of Tasmania.

Witness have indicated to police the shooter was looking for a certain person called "Alex", who was interstate at the time of the shooting.

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Following the attacks, Chief Minister Michael Gunner launched an immediate review into the Territory's electronic monitoring and parole systems, as well as into the Parole Review Board, who granted Mr Hoffmann freedom this year.

"This is not the Darwin we know".

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

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner said there are five crime scenes across the city: "This is an active police investigation".

The suspect remains in police custody at the Royal Darwin Hospital and is due to be charged with murder, he added.

On March 11, 2018, the New York Times reported seven were killed in a mass shooting "in the town of Osmington in Western Australia".

Kershaw said they were investigating five crime scenes in the city.

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