Sad news has emerged out of Australia on Friday. They just experienced what is reported as being the nation’s worst mass shooting in over 22 years.
According to reports, at least seven people were found dead with gunshot wounds on Friday morning. The deaths occurred in southwest Australia near a town popular for tourism called Margaret River.
Police reported that three adults and four children were found dead in the village of Osmington. According to Western Australia State Police Commissioner Chris Dawson, two guns were discovered there as well.
Two of the adults were discovered outside of a building, while the other five were found inside. With seven deaths, this is considered to be Australia’s worst mass shooting in over two decades.
At this point, police have not revealed any leads or any concern for greater public safety. At this point, it is unclear whether this could have been a case of murder-suicide.
Dawson said, “Police are currently responding to what I can only describe as a horrific incident. This devastating tragedy will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community and, in particular, the local communities in our southwest.”
After the last major mass shooting incident in 1996, Australia became extremely strict on gun control. At that point, authorities began to enforce a law that only farmers were allowed to own guns. Reportedly, automatic and semi-automatic rifles and shotguns were banned from the public. Over the last several years, authorities have confiscated 1 million firearms.
Their efforts have been praised as there has only been one other mass shooting incident in the last 22 years. Many other nations constantly look to Australia in their own efforts to pass tighter gun control laws. Sadly, this incident now marks the worst shooting since the 1996 initiatives.
Please be praying for the remaining family of the victims. We will continue to update as more information is made available. Meanwhile, share your prayers here. In other recent news, a teenage son of a Hollywood star just took his own life. Please be praying for their family during this difficult time as well.