At least four people are dead after a gunman stormed a busy motel in Darwin on Tuesday evening. There are also multiple injuries and multiple crime scenes.
Reports an active shooter in Darwin CBD with up to 20 shots fired and people injured ... confusing scenes with tree on fire and roads blocked. pic.twitter.com/4WY2hVE2b3— Stephanie Zillman (@Steph_Zillman) June 4, 2019
Witnesses told the ABC that the man walked into the Palms Motel and opened fire with a pump-action shotgun just before 6pm on Tuesday.
Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services stated in a Facebook post that they are able to confirm that a man has been taken into custody. Police do not believe the incident to be terror related.
BREAKING: Mass shooting in Darwin. At least 5 people dead and multiple others injured after a man went on a shooting rampage through Darwin’s CBD. He’s since been arrested. Dept of Home Affairs not yet involved in the investigation so motive of the attack is not yet clear. #7News pic.twitter.com/LtOx18SBbV— Jennifer Bechwati (@jenbechwati) June 4, 2019
There is no known ongoing threat to the community however a police operation remains underway.
The suspected shooter was described as a caucasian man about 45 years in age who was wearing high visibility workwear.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner, Commissioner Reece Kershaw and Deputy Commissioner Grant Nicholls have provided this update to the public and the media:
Darwin is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory and a former frontier outpost.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has spoken out to condemn the 'terrible act of violence'.
We have seen a terrible act of violence take place in Darwin this evening. We know four people have lost their lives and there are a number of other casualties.— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) June 4, 2019
'This is a terrible act of violence that has already, I'm advised, taken the lives of four people. There are a number of others who have - casualties but the details of that is still not yet confirmed,' Mr Morrison said from London.
He said the matter would be 'managed' and 'dealt with' by the Northern Territory government.'
'I want to thank the Chief Minister (Michael) Gunner for the way that he's working with the Commonwealth authorities but particularly I just want to extend my deep condolences and sympathies,' he said.
I have been in contact with Chief Minister Gunner and understand this is not an act of terrorism and a person has been taken into custody. My thoughts are with Territorians and the tight-knit community in Darwin.— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) June 4, 2019
Mr Morrison said the community in Darwin would be 'rocked' by the attack, but advised it was 'not a terrorist act'.
Further updates will be provided as more information becomes available.