Rare Australia Shooting Puts Focus on Famous Gun Laws

7 dead in apparent murder-suicide on farm
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2018 2:05 PM CDT
Police forensics investigate the scene in Osmington, Australia Friday, May 11, 2018.   (Richard Wainwright/AAP Image via AP)
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(Newser) – Australia is dealing with a rarity in that country—a mass shooting in which seven people are dead. The Australian Broadcast Network reports that the dead are believed to be three generations of the same family: Peter and Cynda Miles, who owned the farm in the southwestern town of Osmington where the bodies were found; their daughter, Katrina Miles; and her four children, believed to range in age from 8 to 13. Police are treating it as a murder-suicide and are not looking for suspects, but they have provided few details about what might have happened. Coverage:

  • Early phone call: Police say they received a call from a "male person" connected to the 30-acre property about 5am, and officers arrived soon after to find the bodies. The only males on the property were owner Peter Miles and his two grandsons. Two bodies were found outside, and the other five were found inside, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Police also recovered two guns.
  • The family: Peter Miles was a farmer and teacher and his wife was a "stalwart in the sustainability community," per the Herald. Neighbors are stunned and say they saw nothing amiss. "It's just horrifying," one tells 9News Australia. "They were good people." The children were reportedly home-schooled.

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