Australia: Four dead after mass shooting in Darwin

Australia: Four dead after mass shooting in Darwin

Police did not reveal a motive for the shotgun attack, but ruled out terrorism.

Mass shootings in Australia have been a rare occurrence since the country overhauled its gun laws in 1996, following the shooting in Tasmania that killed 35 people.

Kennedy said police were investigating at least five crime scenes in the city.

An ABC reporter said she saw police tackle and taser the gunman at a busy intersection.

The Guardian reported that Northern Territory police have arrested the shooter, who was described as a Caucasian male about 45 years old and wearing high-visibility workwear.

Mr Kershaw said he was was released from prison on parole in January after serving at least a year, was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet, and had acted alone on Tuesday.

Woolner is an upper middle class suburb of Darwin, about three miles from the central business district.

The incident started with reports of a man firing shots at Finnis St at about 5.50pm just outside the Darwin CBD, with the four deaths occurring at the nearby Buffalo Club, Gardens Hill Crescent, the Palms Motel and Jolly Street.

"Cops went straight past him, didn't know who he was, he was that calm", he said.

An NT Health spokesperson told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald that two people had been taken to hospital in a stable condition. An Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Emergency services were first called to reports of shots fired at The Palm Motel in the inner city suburb of Woolner just before 6pm local time on Tuesday.

Another witness said she helped a bleeding women "with holes all in her skin" after a boyfriend carried the victim from the same hotel.

#BREAKING: Four people are dead and a suspected gunman has been arrested following a shooting in Darwin. The suspect had yet to be charged.

"This is not the Darwin we know", Northern Territory Chief Minister, Michael Gunner, said. "This may be an event you prepare for, but this is never an event you want to respond to".

Witnesses told ABC they saw a man with a "sawn-off shotgun" enter a Darwin hotel.

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