WA premier, commissioner defend gun laws following Margaret River tragedy

Pauline Gross
May 14, 2018

Police investigate the death of seven people in a suspected murder-suicide in Osmington, near Perth, Australia.

"I expect the grieving process will go on for many years for that family", he said.

Ms Miles, who was separated from her husband, was described as a devoted mother who worked tirelessly to provide for her "smart and beautiful" children. I think he's been thinking this through for a long time, ' claimed Mr Cockman.

"We know that the members of this family were deeply connected to the town of Margaret River. So it's not some random guy off the street who's taken them away from me, he gave them to me and now he's taken them away".

Police spokesman Chris Dawson assumes that all of the victims lived in the house in which they were found.

He would only say police were alerted to the shootings by a phone call from a "male person" at the property, who was apparently the killer.

The others are believed to be their 35-year-old daughter Katrina Miles and her four children - daughter Taye, 13, and sons Rylan, 12, Arye, 10, and Kadyn Cockman, eight.

The generally accepted definition of a mass shooting - four deaths excluding the shooter in a single event - has been met only once in Australia since then.

Peter Miles is believed to have made a 5am telephone call to police before turning a gun on himself.

Homicide and forensic crime-scene detectives traveled from Perth to assist in the investigation. "If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't have Katrina, I wouldn't have her kids", Aaron Cockman told reporters today.

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Police have revealed three guns found at the rural West Australian property belonged to the grandfather.

The bodies of four young children along with three adults were found by police just after 6am on Friday at the farm in Osmington, a tiny town of 135 people on the southwest tip of the state of Western Australia.

Peter had labored as a farmer and instructor and was previously the supervisor of the Margaret River Excessive Faculty farm.

Police confirmed that all victims had suffered gunshot wounds.

"It's a fabulous part of the state that most of us know reasonably well".

Australia's worst mass taking pictures occurred in April 1996 when Martin Bryant killed 35 folks and injured 24.

"I don't understand the suicide part of the story", said a close friend of Katrina's, who has asked not to be named.

Police are yet to confirm the identity of the deceased - but say they appeared to have gunshot wounds.

Miles also had been lining up farm maintenance work with a neighbour in Osmington, and was scheduled to meet up with him on Saturday morning at 10am.

"Anger will destroy you".

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