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AustraliaDarwin mass shooter a parolee with a history of violence

00:15  06 june  2019
00:15  06 june  2019 Source:   theage.com.au

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Northern Territory police face questions as to how 45-year-old Ben Hoffmann had been given the time and space to allegedly kill four men and badly wound a woman in one of Australia’s worst killing sprees since Port Arthur. Hoffmann, a parolee with a history of violence

Darwin mass shooting suspect a parolee with a history of violence . Northern Territory police face questions as to how 45-year-old Ben Hoffmann had been given the time and space to kill four men and badly wound a woman in one of Australia’s worst killing sprees since Port Arthur. A former friend of

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Northern Territory police face questions as to how 45-year-old Ben Hoffmann had been given the time and space to kill four men and badly wound a woman in one of Australia’s worst killing sprees since Port Arthur.

Hoffmann, a parolee with a history of violence, strapped with an electronic monitoring bracelet, slipped through Darwin’s quiet streets on the killing spree unburdened by police for close to an hour.

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Suspected Darwin shooter identified as Ben Hoffmann: Darwin mass shooter a parolee with a BREAKING: A man suspected of killing four men after he opened fire in Darwin has been identified as 45-year-old Ben Hoffmann , who was on parole and wearing an electronic monitoring bracelethttp.

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As of Wednesday night no one, save perhaps the killer himself, was quite sure why – or, importantly, how.

Commissioner Reece Kershaw said the bracelet was not a “tactical tool for police” and that they could assess the suspect’s movements now they had “the download of that information".

Darwin mass shooter a parolee with a history of violence © Supplied Ben Hoffmann, left, and the arrest scene in Darwin. The bracelets send an alert only if the parolee breaches a curfew, enters an exclusion zone or they try to cut it off.

Northern Territory police are now reviewing all 103 other people on parole.

Hoffmann had a fearsome reputation. Those who know him, or of him - which includes most long-term Darwin locals of his age – saw him as a man to avoid.

Darwin mass shooter a parolee with a history of violence © ABC News Police arrest Ben Hoffmann in Darwin on Tuesday after four people were shot dead and one was injured. He comes from a respected Darwin family. His brother is highly successful and much-loved in the city’s business and social circles. But Ben Hoffmann's life, regardless of his guilt or innocence in this matter, went terribly wrong.

Witness saw 'shooter walking in and out of motel firing shots'

Witness saw 'shooter walking in and out of motel firing shots' John Rose, 53, told 9News.com.au he saw the suspected shooter enter and exit the Palms Motel multiple times firing up to 15 shots.

Darwin mass shooting suspect a parolee with a history of violence . Northern Territory police face questions as to how 45-year-old Ben Hoffmann had been given the time and space to kill four men and badly wound a woman in one of Australia’s worst killing sprees since Port Arthur.

Darwin mass shooting suspect a parolee with a history of violence . Northern Territory police face questions as to how 45-year-old Ben Hoffmann had been given the time and space to kill four men and badly wound a woman in one of Australia’s worst killing sprees since Port Arthur.

A former friend of Hoffmann said he was normal until 15 or 16 years ago, but as his mates settled down he veered off into a life of violence and drugs.

He has been in and out of jail much of his adult life.

Hoffmann had breached his parole conditions just a month before the shootings, and was released from 14 days in jail at the start of May.

Darwin mass shooter a parolee with a history of violence © Glenn Campbell A policewoman stands guard outside the Palms Motel in Darwin. Mr Kershaw said he had regular drug and alcohol testing as part of his parole, and was last tested on  May 21.

Some of the attacks on Tuesday evening appear random, though the accused had visited specific addresses in Darwin’s inner north and was heard shouting for a man named Alex, who it later emerged had been interstate the whole time.

The first blasts of Hoffmann's pump-action shotgun came just before 6pm from the Palms Motel, an nondescript establishment just outside the city centre, where 33-year-old taxi driver and IT graduate Hassan Baydoun had just stopped for what would be his final meal.

Suspected Darwin shooter identified as Ben Hoffmann

Suspected Darwin shooter identified as Ben Hoffmann A man who allegedly killed four men after he opened fire in Darwin has been identified as 45-year-old man Ben Hoffmann, who was released on parole in January.

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The social media reaction among Darwin's tight community was confusion and panic, unfurling in real time as the suspect left the Palms and made for the suburbs to kill again.

When Hoffmann was caught, the city’s reaction turned to grief.

Darwin residents – united by the bonds of isolation, eccentricity and community – were left to ask how something so awful could happen in a place like this.

For all the grumblings about crime and anti-social behaviour, Darwin has always been defined by a sense of ease. On Wednesday, that sense was in pieces.

Darwin mass shooter a parolee with a history of violence © Supplied Hassan Baydoun was killed at the Palms Motel during a mass shooting in Darwin. Four families and a city are grieving, though other than Mr Baydoun, the identities of the dead sons, fathers and brothers have not yet been confirmed.

Neither has a motive, nor had a charge been laid on Wednesday evening.

Police believe Hoffmann first visited a property in Humpty Doo, a small suburb-township 37 kilometres from the city centre, about 4.15pm on Tuesday.

From there he drove toward the Palms where he shot Mr Baydoun, whose family was about to visit from Lebanon to see him for the first time in years.

Darwin alleged shooter was hunting for 'Alex' over 'secret relationship'

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.

Darwin alleged shooter was hunting for 'Alex' over 'secret relationship'. Skip to sections navigation Skip to content Skip to Ben Hoffmann, 45, a parolee with a history of violence who was wearing an electronic The new details about the mass shooting come as tributes continue to flow for the victims.

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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Next, the suspect drove up the road to Gardens Hill Crescent, where he killed again, then further to the Buff Club, a popular working-class watering hole on the Stuart Highway, where he killed again.

Then to Jolly Street in the semi-industrial neighbourhood of Woolner, another man left dead.

Darwin mass shooter a parolee with a history of violence © Michael Franchi Police speak with an employee at the Buff Club, where a male was shot and killed in the car park. Recycling worker Johnny Reid described to the NT News the moment the killer burst in the door and blasted four rounds into his friend.

“He busted in and looked right at me,” Mr Reid said.

“I looked at him and thought: ‘f--k, this is it’.

“I thought I was dead for sure.

“I asked him what he was doing but he went right past me and shot my mate.”

Police say Hoffmann’s next stop was to the Peter McAuley Centre, NT Police’s largest station and command centre, about a 10 minute drive from the killings.

He found the doors locked and tried to kick them in, but it is not known if he was trying to kill again, or hand himself in.

That came an hour after the first killing at the beginning – or end – of the Stuart Highway, where it becomes Daly Street and the Darwin CBD opens up to weary travellers.

Television footage showed a man on the ground after being dragged from under a white dual cab ute, kicking his legs at officers from NT Police's Territory Response Group.

They were there not because they had tracked him down, but because he called the Duty Superintendent to turn himself in.

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Humpty Doo residents 'wary' given suspected Darwin shooter allegedly spotted in area on day of attack.
Chris Bertram never bothered locking her doors before last Tuesday. But given the suspected perpetrator of the horrific shooting rampage in Darwin city was allegedly spotted that day at least twice in her rural community of Humpty Doo, the resident decided the extra security couldn't hurt Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw said the suspected killer, Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, 45, was booked for speeding in the vicinity of Humpty Doo at about 11:00am and was seen on Jefferies Road at 4:15pm, mere hours before the attack.

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