A man remains in a critical condition with a gunshot wound to
the head and a man and woman in their thirties are dead in a
double murder that has shaken a small Tasmanian town.
The bodies of a woman, 31, and a man, 34, were found at a
property on Hamilton Plains Road at Hamilton, a small rural
town 70km from Hobart, about 5am (AEDT) on Sunday.
The suspected gunman, a 59-year-old shearer, was previously
in a relationship with the dead woman.
He was found at Lachlan, 45km away, lying beside a car pulled
over to the side of the road, with a gunshot wound to the
Locals at Hamilton, which has a population of 300, say those
who know the couple have been shocked by their deaths.
"It's not a nice thing to happen in the town," one local told
The woman's partner had been a local football player.
Detective-Inspector Colin Riley said the older man's gunshot
wound was inflicted shortly before or just as a police car
The man was under police guard at Royal Hobart Hospital and
in a critical condition after surgery.
Det Insp Riley said the woman's nine-year-old daughter called
police using a mobile phone.
"It appears to me that the nine-year-old heard what occurred
in the house and we are still ascertaining ... what was seen
by that child," he told reporters at Hamilton.
He said the dead couple had been in a relationship and living
in the Hamilton house for about four months.
There had been no reports of violence involving the dead
woman and her alleged killer.
The children, including another daughter, believed to be aged
about 13, who was not in the house at the time of the
incident, were being cared for by their grandparents.