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Four Killed In Shooting At Motel In Northern Australia

Police arrest the suspect after an hour of the incident

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LAHORE MIRROR (Monitoring Desk)– A gunman shot at least four people dead in Darwin, northern Australia, police say.

Eyewitnesses said the gun-totting suspect entered a motel in an inner suburb of the city and opened fire in a number of rooms before fleeing.

Police responded at about 18:00 local time (08:30 GMT) and arrested the man an hour later.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the shooting was not terror-related.

Police said they believed the man had acted alone and they were not looking for any other suspects.

Mass shootings in Australia have been a rare occurrence since the country overhauled its gun laws in 1996, in the wake of a shooting in Tasmania that killed 35 people.

Northern Territory police duty superintendent Lee Morgan confirmed the fatalities, and said two more people had been injured.

The city centre remained in lockdown for an hour after the gunman fled the scene of the shootings, in the suburb of Woolner.

The gunman was reportedly carrying a pump action shotgun, and up to 20 gunshots were heard.

Witness Leah Potter told ABC News that a woman was shot multiple times in the legs at the Palms Hotel.

“A man came running with a woman in his arms from next door which is the Palms Motel, which is the motel next to my motel, and he just dropped her on the footpath right in front of us,” she said.

“I ran and got some towels and wrapped up her legs, she had little holes all in her skin on both her legs and she was bleeding everywhere.”

Australia saw its worst mass shooting incident in more than 20 years last year when seven members of the same family died in a murder-suicide.

In April this year, a man was killed and three others wounded in a shooting outside a popular nightclub in Melbourne.

SOURCE: BBC NEWS