DARWIN: At least four people were killed and one person injured after a gunman opened fire in the Australian city of Darwin on Tuesday evening (Jun 4), police said.
A 45-year-old man has been taken into custody and police said there are no further public threats.
They said the incident was not believed to be terror-related.
"Today, Jun 4, 2019, has been a devastating day in the Northern Territory," NT chief minister Michael Gunner told reporters.
"Five crime scenes, four people deceased, one injured. This is not the Darwin we know," he added.
The alleged gunmen remained at large for an hour before he was apprehended.
Police had earlier shut down parts of the city centre and alerted the public that an "armed and dangerous" offender was on the loose.
SUSPECT WAS RELEASED FROM PRISON IN JANUARY
Witnesses recalled harrowing scenes as a man moved from room to room opening fire at a motel.
The suspected shooter was known to police having been released from prison in January.
"We're still trying to establish the intent and the motivation behind this but all I can say is that sadly people have lost their lives this evening," Northern Territory Commissioner Reece Kershaw told reporters.
Kershaw said they were investigating five crime scenes in the city.
The deceased were all male and the injured a woman, he added.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned the attack as "a terrible act of violence".
"I just want to extend my deep condolences and sympathies to all the people of the Territory and particularly in Darwin," Morrison told reporters in London.
"This is a very tight-knit community and I know they will be rocked by these events."
"HOLES IN HER SKIN"
The suspect, described by police as a Caucasian male wearing a high visibility shirt, had used a shotgun, according to media reports.
"He shot up all the rooms, and he went to every room looking for somebody and he shot them all up, then we saw him rush out, jump into his Toyota pick-up, and rush off," witness John Rose told the ABC.
Another witness said she helped a bleeding women "with holes all in her skin" after a boyfriend carried the victim from the same hotel.
The gunman was later tracked down and arrested in the vicinity of Stuart Park. Video and images posted on social media showed officers in camouflage uniform surrounding the suspect as he was arrested.