Police are treating the deaths of two adults and a child in a remote community in the Northern Territory as a domestic violence incident.
On Sunday afternoon, the bodies of a baby, a 41-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman were found about 25 kilometres north of Alice Springs.
In a statement on Monday afternoon, Northern Territory Police revealed more information about the scene.
"Police located a firearm at the scene and we are treating this as a domestic violence incident," said Acting Commander Mark Grieve on Monday.
"This was a horrific event, and our hearts go out to the family and community members affected by this tragedy."
He added there are no ongoing safety concerns for the community in relation to the incident.
Community resilience and engagement command teams remain at the scene, along with Aboriginal liaison officers, who are supporting the community.
"We are also offering support to first responders and investigators involved," Acting Comm Grieve said.
Crime Command detectives are investigating the deaths and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
He also acknowledged the deaths would deeply impact the community.
“The most paramount consideration for us is really the respect or out of respect for the family, and the friends of the persons who tragically passed away yesterday," he said, NT News reported.
“I can only imagine what sort of impact this will have upon that community. And it’s an impact that we’ll be working alongside them to try and overcome as best we can.”
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, call 1800 RESPECT (737 732) for the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service; Sexual Assault Support Services on 6231 1811 or after hours 6231 1817; Family Violence Crisis and Support Service on 1800 608 122 and Bravehearts – Sexual Assault Support for Children on 1800 BRAVE 1.
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