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Floreat incident: Third person dies from injuries after two people shot dead at home on Berkeley Crescent

Jessica Evensen and Elisia SeeberThe West Australian
Neighbour Indiana Bond said he heard up to a dozen gunshots.
Camera IconNeighbour Indiana Bond said he heard up to a dozen gunshots. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The West Australian

A neighbour has described the moment he saw paramedics emerge from a Floreat home with bodies covered in white sheets following a fatal shooting on Friday — which has now left three people dead.

Dozens of police flooded Berkeley Crescent about 4.30pm on Friday after reports someone opened fire inside a home on the street.

When officers arrived, two people — believed to be a man and a woman — were found dead.

A third person was seriously injured and taken to Royal Perth Hospital, where they remained in a critical condition on Friday night.

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On Saturday morning, WA Police confirmed the third person, a woman, had died.

“A female who was conveyed to hospital yesterday afternoon has since died,” a WA Police spokeswoman said.

“Three people are now deceased in relation to this incident.”

Neighbour Indiana Bond said he heard up to a dozen gunshots.

Police forensics and detectives at a home in Berkeley Cresent, in Floreat, Perth.
Camera IconPolice forensics and detectives at a home in Berkeley Cresent, in Floreat, Perth. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The West Australian

“It was a bit of a rollercoaster ... there were about two people around 18 or 19 talking out the front to a police officer, then about 15 minutes later we hear sirens going past,” he said.

“There was a whole shebang going on and so we came outside to have a look and then we saw the (TRG) outside the house.

“Then we hear ‘bang, bang, bang, bang’ these shots going off, then we saw police roll up, ambulances roll up and they blocked off the whole street immediately.”

Mr Bond said he heard a lot of gunfire throughout the ordeal.

“There wasn’t anything rapid fire, but it was a lot of single shots so it sounded like a back-and-forth kind of action ... it was quite scary,” he said.

Police forensics and detectives at a home on Berkeley Cresent, in Floreat, Perth.
Camera IconPolice forensics and detectives at a home on Berkeley Cresent, in Floreat, Perth. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The West Australian
Police forensic and detectives at a home in Berkeley Cresent, in Floreat, Perth.
Camera IconPolice forensic and detectives at a home in Berkeley Cresent, in Floreat, Perth. Credit: Ross Swanborough/The West Australian

Mr Bond, who has lived on Berkeley Street for about four months, said it was a quiet area.

“I don’t know the family but I was super surprised it was that house,” he said.

“When I heard the gunshots, I thought it would have been rubber bullets. I’m just in disbelief that something like that could happen in Floreat.

“There were no screams, no nothing, so I thought it must have been rubber bullets but then I saw people people coming out (covered) in white sheets.”

The street remained cordoned off between Kirkdale Avenue and Linden Gardens on Saturday morning as a large number of police remained at the scene.

Forensic investigators scoured the home for evidence, attempting to piece together what happened in the moments before shots were fired.

Two people were shot dead at a home on Berkeley Crescent and another has died from their injuries in hospital.
Camera IconTwo people were shot dead at a home on Berkeley Crescent and another has died from their injuries in hospital. Credit: 7NEWS/Supplied
A third person has died in hospital after they were critically injured in a shooting at a home in Floreat where two people were shot dead on Friday afternoon.
Camera IconA third person has died in hospital after they were critically injured in a shooting at a home in Floreat where two people were shot dead on Friday afternoon. Credit: 7NEWS/supplied

It is understood those involved are all known to each other.

“The incident is contained and there are no ongoing threats to the public,” a police spokeswoman said on Friday night.

“A large number of police resources are in attendance at the scene.”

Neighbours said a mother and her two adult daughters live at the address.

One neighbour described the family as “just normal, lovely professional people”.

“There were a couple of different cars there today (parked at the house),” they said.

Another neighbour, David, said his daughter heard gunshots from his backyard while she was outside playing with their dog.

“She heard the gunshots and then she ran inside and locked the doors and waited until we got home. She said she just knew they were gunshots,” he said.

“I think she said it was three or four shots.”

“We know the family (at that address) reasonably well and just hope they are OK,” he added.

“People in this area are really nice and friendly.”

Another neighbour in the street — who was close to the family and did not want to be named — said he was shaken up over the incident.

“They’re lovely people, and now we’re working out how to explain what’s happened to our daughters,” he said.

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