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AustraliaDarwin mass shooting: What we know so far

16:25  04 june  2019
16:25  04 june  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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A witness said the gunman went from "room to room, shooting every room" in the Palms Motel, on McMinn Street in central Darwin . Several witnesses described hearing gunshots and one witness described seeing a woman shot in the legs, and described wounds consistent with shotgun pellets.

On 4 June 2019, a mass shooting occurred in Darwin , Northern Territory, Australia. The Northern Territory Police confirmed that four people were killed in the incident and another one was injured.

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  • At least four people have been killed in various locations around Darwin. At least two people are injured and have been taken to Royal Darwin Hospital for treatment.
  • The suspected gunman, a Caucasian man aged 45, was arrested and is in police custody. He may have been tasered by police. Some reports say he may have recently been released from prison. Police believe the suspected gunman was acting alone.
  • A witness said the gunman went from ‘‘room to room, shooting every room’’ in the Palms Motel, on McMinn Street in central Darwin. Several witnesses described hearing gunshots and one witness described seeing a woman shot in the legs, and described wounds consistent with shotgun pellets. One person died here.
  • There are four other crime scenes, including the Peter Macauley Centre, a major police operations base. Another man was killed at The Buff Club, one died at Gardens Hill Crescent and one at Jolly Street.
  • Police received a triple 000 call about 5.45pm, local time (6.30pm AEST) about the shooting. The suspected gunman was arrested around 6.45pm local time. Road blocks were placed around central Darwin.
  • Police said they do not believe the incident was terrorism-related.
  • More than 100 police are now involved at the crime scenes.
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the shooting was a ‘‘terrible act of violence’’ and he had been in contact with police and NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner.
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Darwin alleged shooter was hunting for 'Alex' over 'secret relationship'.
It's believed Ben Hoffmann, the suspected gunman in Tuesday's mass shooting, was searching for a man called Alex who he believed had been conducting a secret relationship with his girlfriend. Ben Hoffmann, 45, a parolee with a history of violence who was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet, was arrested on Tuesday night after he allegedly opened fire in various locations across the city. Police have revealed Hoffmann is thought to have known two of the four victims who were killed during the shootings.

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