Australia sees its worst mass killing in 2 decades

Major Crime officers are en route to the crime scene

According to The Guardian, the rural property was owned by Katrina Miles' parents, and she moved in with her children about three years ago.

Authorities have not publicly identified the deceased, but a family friend told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. that the seven victims were Peter and Cynda Miles, their daughter, Katrina, and Katrina's four children, whom the Daily Mail said were ages 8 to 13.

The bodies of two adults were found outside near a shed that had been converted into living quarters - while the children and a third adult were discovered inside.

After being alerted by a phone call before dawn, police found the bodies and two guns at the property, Western Australia state Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said.

Katrina Miles, her four children and their Grandmother Cynda Miles.

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Authorities in Western Australia responded early Friday morning to a home in Osmington, not far from Perth, where the four children and three adults were found dead from gunshot wounds, according to local news reports.

Flowers are left next to a police roadblock where police are investigating the death of seven people in suspected murder-suicide in Osmington. Police have yet to formally reveal the identities of the victims, and their involvement in the tragedy has not been confirmed.

The last mass killing of such a caliber occurred in 1996 when a lone killed massacred 35 people and injured 18 more in Port Arthur, Tasmania.

Katrina Miles describes her occupation as "parent of four attractive children" and had shared pictures of the family at the wedding of her brother, Neil in April 2016.

"This is a horrific incident", Chief Commissioner Chris Dawson said.

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As word about the shooting spread through the tiny community on Friday, friends of the family expressed shock at the shooting.

Police are not looking for any suspects at this time.

Detectives from the Homicide Squad and Forensic Crime Scene Unit reached the scene as part of the investigation and the area has been blocked off.

Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan condemned the attack, describing it as "tragic and shocking".

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and everyone affected by this tragedy, including first responders", she said.

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He added: "This devastating tragedy will little question have an enduring impression on the households involved, the entire group and, specifically, the native communities in our southwest", he added.

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