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By : Toni Ervianto
STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT-A gunman who killed four people and injured another in the Australian city of Darwin used an illegal pump-action shotgun, police say.
The 45-year-old suspect, who was known to police, was arrested about an hour after the first shots were fired on Tuesday.
Police said the gunman carried out attacks at several locations and may have been searching for a “specific individual”.
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 left 35 people dead.
Those reforms included restrictions on gun ownership and the banning of all semi-automatic and automatic firearms.
The weapon used on Tuesday was a prohibited 12-gauge pump-action shotgun, said Northern Territory Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw.
Police said he travelled to several places across the city, including the Palms Hotel in the suburb of Woolner. There he allegedly opened fire in a number of rooms before fleeing.
One person was reportedly killed at the motel while another person was wounded.
Another person was killed at Buff Club, another at Gardens Hill Crescent and another at Jolly Street. Police said the suspect also went to the Peter McAulay Centre – a police operations base.
Witnesses said the suspect appeared to have been searching for a specific person called “Alex”.
The Northern Territory Government will do everything in its power to determine what led to these tragic events and how this violence occurred,” Mr Gunner said.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the shootings were “terrible act of violence”.
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.
More recently, a man was killed and three others wounded in a shooting outside a popular nightclub in Melbourne in April.
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Eventhough Australia was overhauled guns law since 1996, Morrison’s administration seems like does not intensivelly check and surveillance related to “banned firearms market and circulation” and they were paid a strategic surprises which done by “Alex”.
Reading and reminding the target of mass shootings in Darwin, the perpetrators should have had jeolous, hatred and bigotry feeling to “richman’s communities and police”. It can see motel, hotel, club and police base had been targeted. So, it is any signs if “Alex” is one of cell terror or lone wolf in Darwin, referring on his target.
We can also predict on those “terrific of violence” as in Australia especially in Darwin has been had “underground anti status quo radicals group” which they can make the future deadly attacks and it will be endangered to Australia’s national security if those groups will make strategic alliance with global terror groups.
The writer had earned his master at the University of Indonesia (UI)