A man who killed three people and wounded five others at a rural school in Western Australia has said he was “not mad” and had a “genuine passion” for film.
Key points:The school gunman, from the state of New South Wales, was found dead on ThursdayThe gunman, who was shot dead by police, was a pupil at the school in Winton (pictured)Key pointsThe school’s principal, Robert Hockley, said the shooter was a “very sad man”The gunman’s brother, Robert, said he felt “totally, completely lost” and “completely alone”Robert Hock, the principal of the Winton Primary School in Wintles, said a man who shot three people dead and wounded three others on Thursday morning had died from his injuries.
The man, aged in his early 20s, was taken to hospital on Thursday after a long battle with a severe mental health issue, but died of his injuries on Thursday afternoon.
“He had a real passion for film, he was very sad about that,” Mr Hock said.
“That’s why he went to this school, he had a genuine passion for that.”
We’ve lost a great man, we’re devastated.
“The gunman was known to police for violent behaviour and he was also a pupil of the school, where three other people died and two more were wounded.
Mr Hockle said he believed the man had “a genuine love for film”.”
He was a very, very sad man, very depressed and lost.
“I was completely, completely alone with him.”
Mr Hcock said the gunman had been a pupil for four years and was a regular at the primary school, but he had never been involved in any “physical confrontations”.
“I can tell you he wasn’t a violent person,” he said.”[But] he was just a very sad, lonely person who felt completely, totally lost.”
Mr Crouch said the shooting at the rural school had been “a bit of a shock” for his community.
“It’s really sad, and it’s a bit of shock, and people need to get a grip on it,” he told ABC Radio WA.
“And the more people that understand that, the better off we’ll all be.”
The Winton Community Association has also been helping local residents deal with the tragedy.
The group’s president, Paul McKeon, said his community was “completely shocked and saddened” by the shooting.
“There’s no doubt this tragedy has affected the community in a way that will never be completely forgotten,” he added.
“To the families that are affected and the community, we want to say, we understand what you’re going through, we support you, and we are here for you, we know you’re not alone.”
Mr McKeons wife, Susan, said she had “lost everything” in the tragedy and was devastated.
“All I want to do is get my children back,” she said.
“I lost my husband and now I’ve lost my son.
It’s heartbreaking and it hurts, and I can’t express how bad it feels.”
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