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4 killed and "multiple crime scenes" after shooting in Australia
At least 4 killed and "multiple crime scenes" after shooting in Australia
Melbourne, Australia -- A man who was out on parole was arrested after fatally shooting four men and wounding a woman in an hour-long downtown rampage Tuesday in the northern Australian city of Darwin, police said. Police did not reveal a motive for the shotgun attack, but ruled out terrorism.
It was Australia's third mass shooting since the country introduced tough gun laws in response to a 1996 massacre in which a lone gunman armed with two semi-automatic assault rifles killed 35 people in Tasmania state. Mass shootings are usually defined as those resulting in at least four deaths excluding the shooter.
In Tuesday's rampage, four men were killed and a woman was wounded at five places around Darwin, said Northern Territory Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw.
In a Facebook post, Northern Territory Police said "there is no known ongoing threat to the community." They added that there were "multiple crime scenes."
The 45-year-old suspect was released from prison on parole in January and was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet, Kershaw said. Police did not say why he had been in prison or whether the bracelet helped police arrest him.
"He is an individual who's well known to police and has a number of interactions adverse with the police," Kershaw said.