POLICE have discovered up to five bodies, including those of children, following a "tragic incident" at a house in Western Australia (WA). Assistant commissioner Paul Steele said the incident was "tragic" but that there were no ongoing safety concerns.
He confirmed that up to five bodies were found at the scene when police arrived in the suburb of Bedford at noon on Sunday.
The man turned himself in to a regional West Australian police station Sunday morning, but no charges have been filed and police didn't disclose the identity of the victims or their relationship to the man.
Officers were called to the scene at Coode Street where they "discovered the deceased bodies of several people including children", police said in a statement.
"The man now assisting police remains in custody", police said on Monday.
Neighbours expressed their shock this afternoon as the heavy police presence remained on the suburban street.
A distraught neighbour told WA Todaythat she often saw children playing in the front yard of the house at the centre of police investigations.
"How could someone do that to their own children?"
Neighbour Desrae Cambos said the family, which seemed close-knit, had lived at the house for about four years with the father running a lawn-mowing and landscaping business.
"It's sickening to think someone could do that".
"They just looked like a normal family".
It has taken everyone by surprise, we are all in complete shock. "It is safe, we have grown up all our lives and this is just so sad and horrific". No further information was provided on the victims and the man in custody.
"You hear something happening so close, it's really distressing", Vagner de Souza said.
Seven people were shot and killed in the state in May.
The tragedy comes after a 19-year-old man was charged with murdering an eight-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl and their mother at Ellenbrook in July.
The deaths of Katrina Miles, her parents Cynda and Peter, and children Taye, Rylan, Arye and Kadyn, were described as Australia's worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur massacre.