PM Scott Morrison says Darwin shooting a 'terrible act of violence' but not 'an act of terrorism'

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  • Four men are dead and one woman is injured following a shooting in the Northern Territory capital Darwin.
  • The 45-year-old suspect was arrested after what may have been an attempt to hand himself in, the ABC has reported.
  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted that the incident was not an “act of terrorism”.

Four men are dead and one woman is injured following a shooting across several locations in the CBD of Northern Territory capital Darwin.

The 45-year-old suspect was arrested after what may have been an attempt to hand himself in, the ABC has reported. He was reportedly known to police, having been released on parole in January and was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet at the time of the incident.

The gunman is currently in Royal Darwin Hospital believed to be suffering from an injury, according to the ABC.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison expressed his sympathies to the Darwin community but assured them the attack was not politically motivated.

“We have seen a terrible act of violence take place in Darwin this evening. We know four people have lost their lives and there are a number of other casualties,” he tweeted from the UK on Tuesday.

“I have been in contact with Chief Minister Gunner and understand this is not an act of terrorism and a person has been taken into custody. My thoughts are with Territorians and the tight-knit community in Darwin.”

Nine’s Today Show spoke to a witness who was at the Palms Motel at the time of the shooting.

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