Sixty Minutes Of Horror Leaves Four Dead

Territorians are waking to horrific details following a terrifying mass shooting in Darwin's CBD.

The top-end community has lost four people after they were shot dead.

The identities of the four men have not been confirmed by police, nor has the name of a woman who is injured.

The alleged shooter, who has been identified as 45-year-old Ben Hoffman, was known to police and was released from custody on parole in January. He was still wearing an electronic ankle bracelet when he allegedly opened fire at five different locations across the city.

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Hoffman allegedly wielded a sawn-off pump action shotgun, starting at the Palms Motel in Woolner. Witnesses said he "calmly" opened fire at the hotel at about 5.45 pm on Tuesday.

Darwin Shooting, Palms Motel
The Palms Motel where Hoffman allegedly opened fire. Photo: Twitter/Stephanie Zillman/ ABC Darwin.

"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.

The 45-year-old then took off and remained at large for about an hour while police hunted him. About 100 people were involved in finding him.

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Darwin Shooting
Police respond to reports of gunfire on Tuesday night. Photo: AAP Photos.

In the hour that followed, the alleged shooter travelled to the Buffalo Club and Gardens Cresent Road, where two people were killed. Another person was killed when he was shot at the industrial block on Jolly Street in Woolner.

It's also believed Hoffman tried to gain access to the Peter Macauley Centre -- NT Police headquarters in the outer Darwin suburb of Berrimah.

Police managed to arrest the Hoffman. He was taken to Royal Darwin Hospital where he is being held under police guard.

Darwin Shooting Map
The locations the shooter allegedly opened fire. Photo: Google Images.

Police have asked anyone who may have seen three cars believed to be involved in the shooting incident to come forward. All the vehicles have been located by police.

The cars in question include a white Toyota Hilux with NT registration CC26QE, a red Commodore with NT registration CC01IR and a silver Proton with NT registration CD49OU.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese were briefed by Northern Territory Police. The PM is currently in London, where he has met Queen Elizabeth and it set to have talks with US President Donald Trump.

In a supplied screen grab. Members of the Territory Response Group arrest a suspected gunman in Darwin. Photo: AAP Image/Supplied by ABC News.

The PM reiterated what police said on Tuesday evening -- that there is no reason to believe the shooting was terror-related.

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NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner said the shooting is a heartbreaking event for Territorians.

Darwin Shooting
Chief Minister Michael Gunner (left) and Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw (right) Photo: AAP.

"Today, the fourth of June 2019, has been a devastating day in the Northern Territory. Five crime scenes, four people deceased, one injured," Gunner said.

"This is not the Darwin we know... this is an event you can prepare for but it's never an event you want to respond to .. this has been a difficult night tonight."

An active police investigation is still underway at the five crime scenes across Darwin city.

Four Men Dead And One Woman Injured After A Gunman's Rampage

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