Gunman committed suicide as family apologises for shooting

The gunman who was responsible for the shooting death of four people at both the church and the mission training centre had committed suicide after he was struck multiple times by a security guard.

Published 13 December 2007  |  
The gunman who was responsible for the shooting death of four people at both the church and the mission training centre had committed suicide after he was struck multiple times by a security guard.

In a police press statement, Matthew Murray, a 24-year-old, died of self-inflicted wound after he was injured from being shot by the guard. The Murray family will be holding a funeral for him later this week but are 'groping for answers' as to why this tragedy occurred.

"We are lost in grief as we prepare to bury our beloved son, Matthew. We loved Matthew with all our hearts, and we are groping for answers as we try in vain to understand the events of last Sunday," the family said in a press statement.

Furthermore, the family of the suspect expressed their profound sorrow and asked for forgiveness from the victims' family.

"Our family cannot express the magnitude of our grief for the victims and families of this tragedy. On behalf of our family, and our son, we ask for forgiveness," it said.

The police told the AP news agency the link between the two shooting incidents was the church's mission program where it appeared the suspect was thrown out three years ago and during the past few weeks were sending hate mail.

Five people were killed – including Matthew – where two was killed at the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) training centre and two more from the New Life evangelical church.

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