Twin girls among the dead in Perth house

Twin girls among the dead in Perth house

"We understand that there are adults and children involved", Western Australia Police Assistant Commissioner Paul Steel told a news conference.

In a statement, WA Police said the man walked into a regional police station and "provided some information" which led police to attend the Coode Street home.

The man now assisting police remains in custody, no charges have been laid at this time.

Police early on Monday morning confirmed the children were twin two-year-old girls and a three-and-a-half-year-old girl.

"The homicide squad now have teams of detectives on the ground, accompanied by specialist forensic police who are meticulously working their way through this crime scene".

"It is a tragic thing when incidents like this occur".

Police said there are no ongoing safety concerns for the community.

It is also unclear how long their bodies had been inside the home before the grim discovery.

"The scene has not yet been forensically examined so the exact number of adults and children is actually unknown to me".

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"It's just really sad that something like this can happen in such a quiet neighbourhood, it's horrid on every level. poor children", resident Maria Manfredini said.

Locals said a young family lived at the house, with an older woman visiting regularly.

"I have been to their house a couple of times, they have been to ours a couple of times...and yeah, you get to know them a little bit", he said.

Entire blocks around the crime scene at the corner of Coode and Fort streets are cordoned off and dozens of police officers are at the scene.

"This is a very close community", she said.

"Up to five" bodies at the home in suburban Perth are believed to have been a mother, her children and their grandmother, news.com.au reported.

The children's grandfather, Peter Miles, was also found dead from a gunshot and three firearms belonging to him were found on the property.

The incident was described as Australia's worst mass shooting since 1996.

When officers went to the house, they found Michelle Petersen and her son, Rua, dead, and her daughter Bella in a critical condition.

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