At least 4 killed in Australia mass shooting

06:30 PM | 4 Jun, 2019
At least 4 killed in Australia mass shooting
CANBERRA – A gunman was arrested after killing at least four people and wounding several others Tuesday in Australia's Northern Territory (NT), local police said on Tuesday evening.

At a press conference broadcast live on social media, police commissioner Reece Kershaw confirmed the number of victims following shooting in NT capital Darwin. There were more people injured.

He said that police were notified of multiple shots in the city area around 5:45 p.m. local time (0815 GMT), while local media said witnesses heard up to 20 shots from a motel, carrying photos which showed broken glass at the front of the Palm Motel.

"We didn't believe this is terrorism related," said Kershaw. "This is one individual who acted individually."

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the incident was not terrorism related. "This is a terrible act of violence that has already, I'm advised, taken the lives of four people," Morrison told reporters in London.

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A report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) quoted witnesses as saying that a man walked into the motel holding a pump-action shotgun and fired at several doors, seemingly looking for someone called "Alex."

Police locked down parts of the city, and a 45-year-old man was later arrested, after allegedly opening fire again at other different locations. They confirmed in a statement that the suspect was described as "Caucasian and was wearing a high-vis shirt."

While NT Health said that two people were being treated at the Royal Darwin Hospital, the number of injured people across multiple locations remained unknown.

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