A mass shooting has touched down on the shores of Australia, with a Darwin hotel the setting. While the perpetrator is in custody, his motives remain unknown.
As Australians, we often have the luxury of thinking we’re somehow immune to the gun-enabled violence we read on the news from elsewhere. However, Darwin seems to be joining the grim list of cities we circle as tainted by gun violence as a shooting in a local motel has reportedly claimed five people.
Woolner, a suburb on the outer ring of Darwin’s CBD was the setting, and in particular, the chintzy red-brick tableau of the Palms Hotel.
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As it stands, a 45-year-old man has been arrested by the heavily armed Territory police, seemingly without further incident. At the time of the crime, the suspect was described as “male, Caucasian, wearing a high-vis shirt and driving a white dual-cab ute.”
According to one witness, Leah Potter, the gunman had a pump-action shotgun. She said a woman was shot through her hotel room door at about 6 pm Darwin time.
“I was in the carpark when I heard what I thought were fireworks going off, really loud cracking, banging fireworks,” she told the ABC.
More to come.