Three toddlers among dead in Perth mass killing

10 September, 2018, 08:14 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Detectives and homicide squad are currently at the house in Coode Street in Bedford in Perth's north east

Twin two-year-old girls, another girl aged three and a half, and their mother and grandmother are the victims of what is feared to be the third mass killing in Western Australia this year.

Police attended a home on the corner of Fort Street and Coode Street in Bedford around midday on Sunday after a man presented himself to a regional Western Australian police station early that morning, Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel told reporters.

A man in his 20s is in custody and assisting police with their inquiries.

At the time of the statement, the Homicide Squad and teams of detectives were on ground, accompanied by specialist forensic police.

Maria Manfredini, who lives at the property behind where the incident occurred, said she was shocked by the tragedy.

'It will send a ripple through the community of Western Australia'.

'This is a tragic event and will have an impact on family and friends, the community, and the emergency services who first responded to the tragic scene.

It has taken everyone by surprise, we are all in complete shock.

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Investigators are now searching the home for evidence, and police could not provide any further details on the victims.

"They were a flawless family. this is a handsome neighbourhood, it's quiet", Alfie said. Police refused to say what the man told them - or how he was known to the victims.

Assistant Commissioner Steel said officers were still working to determine the timeline of what happened.

"While the scene is yet to be forensically examined it is believed that up to five deceased are located at that scene", Mr Steel said, adding that there was at least one woman among the dead.

Locals said a young family lived at the house, with an older woman visiting regularly.

In July, Kiwi mum Michelle Peterson, 48, and her children Bella, 15 and Rua, 8, were killed in the suburb of Ellenbrook.

When officers went to the house, they found Michelle Petersen and her son, Rua, dead, and her daughter Bella in a critical condition.

Katrina Miles and her four children were found shot dead in their beds, and the body of her mother Cynda Miles was found in an adjoining property with gunshot wounds.

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