Father speaks out after Australia's worst mass shooting for decades

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"At 5.15am yesterday morning, police received a triple 0 emergency call from a male person", Commissioner Dawson said.

Police forensics investigate the death of seven people in a suspected murder-suicide in Osmington, east of Margaret River, Australia, May 11, 2018.

Mr Miles and his wife Cynda were also found dead at the property.

Police said they have no information that would raise concerns about wider public safety, suggesting a shooter is not at large.

Police were attempting to get in touch with the victims' relatives, Dawson said.

The bodies of two adults were found outside a house and the others were found inside.

"I think he's been thinking this through for a long time", Cockman said.

Police confirmed they believe the killer to be among the dead.

Mass shootings are uncommon in Australia and the shooting is the deadliest since a 1996 massacre that left 35 dead at Port Arthur in Tasmania, after which the government enacted strict gun laws.

After that attack, the government banned assault rifles, launched a firearm buyback programme and imposed tight gun registration laws.

The massacre sparked the nation's tough gun controls, prompting the nation to introduce tough gun controls whose supporters include former United States president Barack Obama.

Until Friday, the country had suffered only one other mass shooting - generally defined by experts as a shooting that involves at least four victims in a single event.

But a 2016 investigation by an Australian newspaper, the Age, found that gun-related crimes in Melbourne had doubled over the previous five years.

Australia's homicide rate did not fall in the first years after those restrictions went into place, though suicide declined.

"(Osmington) is a very small community.

Katrina Miles (red dress) with her father Peter (dark suit blue tie), and her mother Cynda (third from right) and her four children. Neighbors reported that the children were home-schooled there.

The grieving father was certain the 61-year-old murdered his family before taking his own life, and believed it was his own heartbreak over the plight of two of his children that culminated in the explosive act of violence.

The family was deeply connected in Osmington, a community of only 135 people, and in the nearby town of Margaret River, one of Western Australia's surfing hot spots.

It is about 12 miles northeast of Margaret River, a popular tourist destination known for its wineries, surfing and natural beauty.

The president of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, Pamela Townshend, said members of the community could leave flowers, reflect and utilise counselling services at the community resource centre from Saturday to Monday.

"Many people who know the family are deeply feeling the loss and the community understandably do want answers".

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