Police spent today scouring two homes in Adelaide for clues after a man turned on his neighbours early on Friday, killing three and wounding a teenage boy and a police officer who had come to their rescue.
Donato Anthony Corbo, a 39-year-old from Hectorville in the city’s northeast, will face court on Monday charged with three counts of murder and two of attempted murder after the shooting spree and an eight-hour standoff with police.
Mr Corbo allegedly murdered a man, 64, his wife, 65, their son-in-law, 41, and wounded his 14-year-old son and a policeman. The family are believed to be from South Africa.
The couple’s daughter and an 11-year-old boy who was staying at the house escaped uninjured.
Police have reportedly removed three guns from the home where Mr Corbo lived with his parents.
Detective Inspector Denise Gray said detectives still did not know why the victims were killed, with apparently no disputes between the neighbours.
“There doesn’t appear to be any motive,” Inspector Gray told Channel 9.
It is understood the murdered couple were visiting Australia from South Africa and were staying with their daughter’s family.
Neighbour Stephen Whitehead said the South African family’s daughter had moved to Australia for a safer life.
“It’s pretty ironic that they moved her for safety reasons, and how this has happened to them, it’s very sad,” Mr Whitehead told Channel 9.
They had just become settled and “kind of made a go here, and got established in jobs”, he said.
A member of their church said they were a deeply religious family and “they were lovely people, they wouldn’t hurt anyone”.
Police were alerted by a frantic call at 2.30am (CST) on Friday from the woman who survived, saying shots were being fired into their front door on Montacute Road.
The gunman shot at officers after they arrived, striking one of them in the jaw, while a second officer injured his knee.
The man fled next door to his own home and held police at bay for eight tense hours before he gave himself up.
The wounded boy went to hospital in a stable condition while the officer who was shot was deemed serious but stable and placed in an induced coma with surgery expected on his jaw.
Today, police continued to search the victims’ home and the home of the gunman to determine what led to the tragedy.
Insp Gray said the swimming pool at one of the homes had also been drained for possible evidence.
“There’s obviously two houses that need to be processed basically inch by inch, so there’s a tremendous amount of work involved,” she told the ABC.
The alleged gunman was refused bail.