3 adults, 4 children found dead on property in Western Australia

  • 3 adults, 4 children found dead on property in Western Australia

3 adults, 4 children found dead on property in Western Australia

Just after 5am this morning Police were called to a home in Osmington where they discovered the bodies of seven people, three adults and four children.

Two firearms were also found at the property, and gunshot wounds were present on some of the bodies, the police said.

"At this point in time we have no information to raise concerns about wider public safety issues".

Calling it a "significant tragedy", Mr Dawson said: "Police are now responding to what I can only describe as an horrific incident in Osmington, 20km north-east of Margaret River".

Mr Dawson added: 'Based on what we do know, this is clearly a tragedy...

A phone call led police to the scene at about 5:15 a.m., authorities said.

The shooting is believed to have been a murder-suicide but this is yet to be confirmed.

Police say they are unable to share any other details and are now looking for next of kin and friends to notify.

It's understood three generations of the same farming family were involved in the tragedy at Osmington, northeast of Margaret River.

The ABC is reporting that it is Australia's worst mass-shooting since 1996's Port Arthur massacre, in which a lone gunman killed 35 people with a military-style semiautomatic rifle.

"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 south-west", he said. Dawson refused to be drawn on who the person was that alerted police, their relationship to the victims or whether they heard gunshots. Two adults lay on the outside, and another adult and four children inside the building.