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A husband and wife, along with their son, were shot dead on their farm, police said.
Mervyn and Maree Schwarz, along with their son Graham Tighe, were killed on remote farmland in the Australian outback, and the suspect, a neighbour, was later arrested.
Mervyn and Maree Schwarz were killed along with their son.
Graham’s brother Ross survived the shooting and managed to flee “many, many miles” to sound the alarm, police said.
He was airlifted to hospital for intensive care but is in stable condition.
Queensland Acting Superintendent Tom Amit said three of the five people who assisted police remained in custody, local media reported.
Amit said the person involved in the shooting was a neighbor.
“The person named as the suspected gunman is detained with us,” he revealed.
Police launched a manhunt for the gunman, who remained at large after hours on the run.
The Courier-Mail reported that the killings were related to property disputes, although police have not confirmed any motive.
Police were called to properties in the northern Queensland mining town of Bogie, home to 207 people, shortly before 9am on Thursday.
Neighbors said the property was owned by a young family last year but has been in a dispute with neighbouring owners over the border.
The family only bought the 300-square-kilometre block of land, which is zoned for grazing, pasture and agriculture, for £5.7 million in May 2021, Australia’s Daily Mail reported.
Amit said the shooting took place on a vast cattle ranch that is “rural, remote, mountainous and densely forested.”
Queensland Police said it was “still investigating the circumstances leading up to the shooting.”
A local woman told the Daily Mail she saw several police cars rush towards the scene of the shooting.
“I saw at least three police cars when I was outside and then heard a few more sirens,” she said.
“Normally, that’s not what you see. I immediately thought something bad happened.”
Australia has some of the toughest gun laws in the world, introduced after a gunman in Port Arthur, Tasmania, killed 35 people in 1996.
Since then, there have been only three mass shootings, defined in Australia as a shooting that resulted in at least four deaths (excluding the perpetrator).