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Katrina Miles with her four children

Katrina Miles with her four children

Police continue their crime scene investigation at the rural property. "We are stunned and still trying to understand how this could happen", the family said.

'Four young children, a mother and a grandmother being killed in this way is just a terribly distressing and sad thing, and I think we all felt it keenly, ' he said.

They have been identified as Peter Miles and his wife Cynda, 61 and 58, their daughter Katrina, 35, and her four children Taye, 13, Rylan, 12, Ayre, 10, and Kayden Cockman, 8.

It wasn't until I saw the police that I thought, 'Hang on a minute.' (The shots) were separated out; there was quite a long gap between them.

He confirmed that after attending a triple-0 call made by a man connected to the property, they found seven people dead from gunshot wounds, six of whom they believe were murdered. Mr Dawson told reporters in Perth he was unable to confirm this but said some of the bodies had gunshot wounds.

Five bodies were found inside one building, according to police, which reports said were Miles and her four children - two boys and two girls.

"The loss of any life is tragic but four children and three adults, this is a significant tragedy", he said, adding that police and other specialists would be at the scene for several days at least.

Police said they have no information that would raise concerns about wider public safety, suggesting a shooter is not at large.

He emphasised that police did not believe anyone else was involved in the deaths and officers were not looking for any other suspects.

"We will investigate this frightful crime", said Dawson, noting that this event is "a awful tragedy".

The WA premier was on Sunday questioned about "nasty comments" since made overseas, including from the United States, that question whether Australia still remains an example of "excellent" gun control after the mass shooting.

He said the deaths had rocked the tight-knit South West community.

Commissioner Dawson said the Margaret River community had banded together to help those affected.

He said: "This devastating tragedy will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community and, in particular, the local communities in our southwest". It is such a small community and it will have such a huge effect. "In this community, we're so well-connected".

A temporary support centre has been set up in Margaret River after the tragedy.

"We thank the community for their support and ask that our privacy is respected as we grieve". You can also call the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

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