Darwin shooting incident
Darwin is a tight community. It is likely that a number of residents will know of people involved either directly or indirectly in Tuesday (4 June) incident.
Extreme acts of violence can impact a community in different ways. Friends, family or you as an individual may be impacted and accessing support is important.
Message from the Chief Minister
There are many words that can be used to describe the Territory and Territorians – diverse, vibrant, multicultural, resilient, tolerant. At the heart of it all is that we are a close bunch. We have our challenges, but there is no room for the tensions or pretensions you see in other places. We know each other - we feel each other’s pain, we share each other’s joy. Forget 6 degrees of separation, I guarantee we all know each other through a mate. Once you are a Territorian you are always a Territorian.
Cyclones. Bombs. Fires. Floods. Time and again, history has shown when we get knocked down we get back up again. We stand together, we look after our own and our first reaction is to step towards a challenge not away. All of this is being tested again with the devastating events that occurred in Darwin Tuesday 4 June. The events that took four lives and injured one other. Over 100 cops tasked. Hospital staff. St Johns. The staff and customers at the Buff Club. The people who call The Gardens home. Everyone at the Blue Taxi company, the Palms hotel, the Alatai, the Frontier.
The actions of one does not define us. But the actions of one affects us all. We are grieving for us, for our town, for the families and friends of victims. This was not Darwin. Not the Darwin we know. Not the Darwin we love. It is not the Territory.
That Territory was on show to the world during our largest ever pre-Cyclone evacuation. Thousands of people were found temporary homes while Cyclone Trevor gathered a furious pace in the Gulf. Volunteers went above and beyond to make sure not one person suffered loss of life or limb. An incredible, remarkable effort. But not a surprising one. A year earlier we saw the best of us on display again during and after Cyclone Marcus. Some people say I love you with flowers, hundreds of Territorians said it with a chainsaw as they went house-to-house helping their neighbours with fallen trees.
The Darwin I love was on display Sunday the 17th of March when we gathered at the Islamic Mosque in Wanguri after the tragic terrorist attack in New Zealand. We stood with our Islamic brothers and sisters, and said your pain is our pain and when it returns your joy is our joy. We responded again after the shocking events in Sri Lanka. On Tuesday the 23rd of April, with the Prime Minister, we lit candles for the victims in vigil at the Buddhist temple in Leanyer.
The next night we gathered in a multi faith service at the Catholic Cathedral. We stood with our Sri Lankan family and with our Christian family. Recently we gathered again at the Uniting Church. This time for us. For each other, for the family and friends of people who have lost their lives in our home.
The events of that Tuesday do not define our city. What does is the Darwin that was on show at the Esplanade. The Glenti, a celebration of Greek culture, and for 31 years we have all been invited. Yiayias rolling dolmades, Pappous grilling souvla, but you will also find in the dance groups Greeks, Turks, Asians, Anglos, our first Australians all dancing the Zorba. Behind the bar serving drinks, or over the fryer making honey puffs will be people from all backgrounds.
Only a few weeks ago it was our Italian family & just before that the Arafura Games brought us together in its inclusive spirit. In a few weeks we will be down at Mindil with our Indian brothers and sisters.
This is the Darwin we know. One big family. Opa! Forza! Jaiho! People who stand together. People who open their hearts and homes to others. From the Glenti to the Italian Festival to India at Mindil to the Islamic Mosque to the Buddhist Temple to the Catholic Cathedral to the Uniting Church. All backgrounds, all faiths, all people believe in peace and love.
It is a privilege to be Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, to be able to speak on behalf of Territorians. Our mob are a brilliant, diverse, vibrant mob and when we get knocked down we get back up again. We are feeling pain. We will feel joy again. And we will do it together.
THIS IS DARWIN – Chief Minister Michael Gunner
If you are experiencing distress or feel like you are not coping, accessing support is important.
So please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 (24 hours) or contact your GP who can help you access the services you need.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, or need mental health advice and assistance, please call the NT Mental Health Line 1800 682 288 (24 hours).
For additional contacts, go to the Northern Territory Government website.
Request for public assistance
Police are asking witnesses to come forward. In particular, police are interested in anyone who may have vision of the incident including:
- dash cam
- mobile phone footage.
Anyone with information is asked to attend their local police station or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Additionally, information can be emailed to PFES.PublicEvidence@pfes.nt.gov.au.
Any footage or audio should be uploaded to the Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services website.