Kellerberrin shooting Lachlan Bowles: Alleged gunman rushed to hospital as harrowing text messages emerge between locals about active shooter in Australian town: ‘Shot 25 times’
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An alleged gunman has been airlifted to hospital with a self inflicted gunshot wound after a manhunt and tense standoff with police.
Lachlan Bowles, 25, allegedly shot father-of-one Terry Czernowski dead about 8.40am on Thursday before going on the run.
Texts between two locals in the town where an active shooter was on the loose have given an insight into the chaos which unfolded in the town.
WA Police allege Mr Bowles, 25, was on the run for several hours before arriving at a ‘rural location outside of Kellerberrin’ where he barricaded himself inside.
A local man told Daily Mail Australia Mr Bowles went to the Moylan Grain Silos in Kellerberrin and allegedly ‘shot someone about 25 times’.
‘My mates work down the street and heard a bunch of gun shots and then the town was crawling with police,’ he said.
The man is believed to be an employee at grain business.
‘At this point, and this is evolving quite quickly, but I can say he is in a critical condition from that self-inflicted gunshot wound,’ Regional WA Commander Rod Wilde said.
Mr Bowles, a volunteer ambulance officer, was allegedly seen dressed in camouflage gear in the Kellerberrin area at the time of the shooting.
Police are investigating if other people were also shot at.
Those living nearby were sent an alarming text earlier today as the situation escalated.
‘Residents in the area are advised to remain alert. It has been confirmed that one man is now deceased and Homicide Squad are investigating,’ Police said.
Mr Bowles, who has a firearms licence, is understood to have been armed with at least one gun with a 3km range, The West Australian reported.
All facilities and public events in the Shire of Merredin, which includes Kellerberrin, were cancelled until further notice aarmoured police trucks patrolled the tense scene.
Mr Bowles is a St John WA volunteer ambulance officer, and was awarded for his service to the community on Australia Day in 2021.
Tony, who owns the local Kellerberrin Pie Shop and Bakery, claimed to have known the man who died.
‘They are local guys that this has happened to,’ Tony told The West Australian.
‘The guy that died was only in my shop on Friday. We were talking about his plans for Father’s Day.’
Locals have described Mr Bowles as a ‘good kid’, while expressing their shock at reports he was allegedly involved in the shooting.
‘He was a good kid from a good family,’ one wrote.
Mr Bowles was believed to have been driving a 2007 Grey Holden Commodore, with licence plates 1CRB764.
A large number of police resources have been deployed.
Police were due to hold a press conference but it was postponed due to ‘operational requirements’.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police immediately.