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The bodies of a mother and her two children have been found inside a burnt-out car in the southern Perth suburb of Coogee, with homicide detectives investigating the tragedy.
Police were called to John Graham Reserve around midday on Monday where the burnt out red hatchback was discovered in a beachside carpark.
It has been confirmed a boy and girl were found inside the car, along with their mother.
Police were called to John Graham Reserve around midday on Monday where the burnt out vehicle was discovered and photographed covered in tarps
At least one person is dead after the car fire at John Graham Reserve in Coogee, Pert
‘Detectives are currently at the scene determining the circumstances surrounding the incident,’ a police spokesman said.
Shocked witnesses said they saw flames emanating from the car before later learning about the horrific find.
‘I thought this car had caught on fire, I didn’t know there was a body or someone was in there,’ one person said.
Another bystander said: ‘I saw really burning big flames and then suddenly came a big sound and flames became bigger also.’
A man who was in the area around the time of the incident said he heard gunfire.
Arson squad and homicide detectives have been called in to investigate the incident
‘Four shots. Sounded like gunfire. Then there was a pause and then maybe another three shots after that… Then I started waiting [and heard] maybe another five, then the car started burning after,’ he told 10 News.
Photos published from the scene showed a large police presence, with the car covered in a tarp.
It is believed the victims were found in the back seat of the car and police are still in the process of identifying them and notifying family members, The West Australian reports.
The Arson squad has also been called in to assist the investigation and the vehicle is expected to be towed away to undergo forensic analysis.
Detectives will explore several lines of inquiry, including whether the tragedy was a murder suicide, if a third party was involved, or if their deaths were the result of an accident.
Police have urged anyone with dashcam footage in the area between 11am and 12pm to contact Crime Stoppers.
Police have urged anyone with dashcam footage in the John Graham Reserve (above) area between 11am and 12pm to contact Crime Stoppers