Mother and three children shot dead in southern NSW

Mother and three children shot dead in southern NSW

A woman and three children have been found shot dead at a property in the southern NSW town of Lockhart, 80km west of Wagga Wagga.

The four bodies were located at the property yesterday afternoon, and are believed to be those of a 41-year-old mother and her three children, all aged under 10 years.

Police say the bodies of the children were found inside the farmhouse, while the woman’s body was found on a path outside the house.

A police strike force has been formed to investigate the shooting, and police say there are looking for a 44-year-old man, who is believed to be the children’s father.

Police rescuers are trawling a dam on the property. after an abandoned utility vehicle was located, and police say they hold “grave fears” for the man.

Lockhart Shire Mayor, Peter Yates, says he and the community are devastated by the incident.

“I know the family well; they’re well-respected people, community-minded people,” he said.

“They’re young children with their lives ahead of them that have been cut short by this terrible, terrible tragedy.”

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