Suspected Darwin Gunman Identified

The man who allegedly opened fire in Darwin's CBD on Tuesday night can be identified as Ben Hoffman.

The 45-year-old allegedly opened fire at the Palms Motel at about 5.45 pm.

He allegedly used a sawn-off pump action shotgun at five different locations in the city to kill four men and injure one woman.

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Ben Hoffman
The alleged Darwin shooter Ben Hoffman. Photo: Facebook/ Ben Hoffman.

He was on parole at the time of the shooting. Hoffman was released from jail in January and was still wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.

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Witnesses have told media he appeared calm as he walked into the Motel and allegedly opened fire. Others said it appeared Hoffman was looking for someone called 'Alex'.

Darwin Shooting
Police respond to reports of a shooting in Darwin CBD. Photo: AAP Photos.

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Northern Territory Police confirmed on Tuesday Hoffman was known to police.

"He is an individual who is well known to police and has a number of interactions, adverse, with the police force," Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw said on Tuesday night.

Police managed to arrest Hoffman at about 6.45pm. He remains at Royal Darwin Hospital under police guard.

He has not been charged. Investigations into the alleged shooting continue.

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