A HUSBAND and his wife were shot dead along with their son on their farm after an argument with their neighbor, it has been reported.
Mervyn and Maree Schwarz and their son Graham Tighe were killed on remote farmland in the Australian outback and the suspected gunman was later arrested.
Graham’s brother Ross survived the gunshot and was able to flee “many, many miles” to sound the alarm, police said.
He was airlifted to the hospital and is in critical but stable condition in intensive care.
Acting Superintendent Tom Armitt said: “He was able to tell the police that he had been shot and three others were also shot.”
Police launched a manhunt to find the shooter, who remained at large for several hours.
Mr Armitt later said the “suspected gunman is in custody here”.
The killings are linked to a property dispute, the Courier-Mail reports, although police would not confirm a motive.
Officers were called to the property in the small outback mining town of Bogie in north Queensland, home to 207 people, just before 9am Thursday.
Neighbors say the property belonged to a young family last year, but there has been an ongoing dispute with a neighboring property owner over boundary lines.
The shooting took place on a sprawling cattle property that is “rural, remote, very hilly and heavily wooded,” Mr Armitt said.
Queensland Police said “the investigation into the circumstances leading up to the shooting is ongoing”.
A local woman told Daily Mail Australia she saw several police cars speeding towards the scene of the shooting.
“I saw at least three police cars while I was outside and heard a few more sirens afterwards,” she said.
“It’s not usually what you see. I immediately thought something bad had happened.”
Australia has some of the toughest gun laws in the world, introduced after a lone gunman killed 35 people in Port Arthur, Tasmania in 1996.
Since then there have only been three mass shootings – defined in Australia as those in which at least four people died, excluding the perpetrator.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5931101/husband-wife-shot-dead-neighbour-gunman/ Husband and wife were shot dead along with their son in the “neighboring row” with the shooter arrested after a manhunt