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Darwin shooting: ‘Armed and dangerous’ gunman in high-vis opens fire at Woolner hotel

Mass shootings are defined by the Australian Institute of Criminology as those resulting in at least four deaths.

Friends said Courtney was a "gentle giant" who was always friendly, but said they did not know his back story.

Police allege Hoffman used a pump-action 12-gauge shotgun - a prohibited firearm - to shoot five people, moving between eight locations over a period of six hours.

In a message on Twitter, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison called the event a "terrible act of violence".

A gunman shot useless four of us and injured yet any other at 5 varied areas in the northern Australian city of Darwin, officials acknowledged.

Police did not reveal a motive for the shotgun attack, but ruled out terrorism.

"These were shootings in several locations across a city rather than one family household", says Associate Prof Alpers. "The cops came around, went straight past him because they didn't know who he was, he was that calm", the Darwin local said. He's now in hospital and was reportedly wearing an electronic tracking bracelet when arrested. In another amnesty in 2018, more than 57,000 weapons were handed over. "They didn't have any at that point in time".

"He's well known to many people and yes, that's why the ripples in the Territory are very intense when this occurs".

Superintendent Lee Morgan has been praised for his "magnificent" efforts in talking suspected shooter Ben Hoffmann into handing himself into police.

He said even though the change of gun laws in the 1996 have decreased gun crime in Australia, it's a game of catch-up from illegal guns still floating around the country.

Associate Professor Philip Alpers, the director of GunPolicy.org at the University of Sydney, told News.com.au that statistics can't be ignored.

The publication pointed out that the number of privately owned firearms in the Northern Territory grew to almost 64,000 in 2014 from 47,000 in 2007.

"We looked through the window and there was a guy with a gun".

Darwin is a small city with a population of just under 137,000 people.

'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.

Mr Kershaw said police had pulled the suspect over about 10.52am the day of the shooting at Arnhem Highway, Humpty Doo, for doing 94km/h in an 80km/h zone.

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