Four dead in Darwin hotel shooting

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SYDNEY (AFP) – Four people are dead and two injured in Australia after a gunman opened fire late Tuesday in Darwin’s, city centre police said.

A 45-year-old man has been taken into custody and police say there are no further public threats.

“The active shooter threat has dissipated,” Superintendent Gavin Kennedy, from the Northern Territory police, said.

Kennedy said police were investigating at least five crime scenes in the city.

Police had earlier shut down parts of the city and alerted the public an armed offender was on the loose.

Witnesses told national broadcaster ABC they saw a man with a “sawn-off shotgun” enter a Darwin hotel.

“He shot up all the rooms, and he went to every room looking for somebody and he shot them all up, then we saw him rush out, jump into his Toyota pick-up, and rush off,” witness John Rose told the ABC.

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