Broken glass at the front of the Palms Motel. Picture: Keri Megelus
Broken glass at the front of the Palms Motel. Picture: Keri Megelus

Darwin shooting: woman in stable condition

THE woman who was injured during last night's shooting remains in a stable condition at Royal Darwin Hospital.

The woman who was at the Palms Motel was shot in her legs during the rampage.

Four men died during the shooting.

St John Ambulance's Craig Garraway said they transported the woman to Royal Darwin Hospital with injuries which he believed were non-life threatening.

He could not discuss the finer details of their involvement as it was an open police investigation.

In an hour long rampage through the streets of Darwin, the alleged shooter, who is now in police custody, gunned down the four other men apparently in cold blood before turning himself in.


Police said the killing spree began when the shooter claimed his first victim at the Palms Hotel in Finniss St, just as residents were settling in for the evening at about 5.45pm.

From there, the shooter made his way to three other locations around Darwin, the Buff Club - where police last night stood watch over one of the slain men while drinkers continued their evening inside - then to Gardens Hill Cres in The Gardens and Jolly St in Woolner.

A fifth crime scene was later established at police headquarters in Berrimah, where it is believed the gunman tried to gain entry for reasons which last night remained unclear. Police said he may have been attempting to hand himself in.

At the address in Jolly St a third man lay dead after the armed man burst into his house and gunned him down without warning.

The fourth man was killed in The Gardens where the woman was also shot multiple times before bystanders tended to her injuries which were later treated in hospital.