Man who shot two teens in West Pennant Hills found dead

Clay Curtis
July 8, 2018

The 68-year-old man was the father of the children but did not live at the West Pennant Hills home, police said.

A woman in her 30s, believed to be the children's mother, arrived at the scene shortly after police and was treated for shock.

Two teenagers have died following a suspected domestic violence-related incident in Sydney's north-west, NSW Police say.

The body of their father, a 68-year-old named by media as John Edwards, was found at another address nearby on Friday.

He had not been living at the children's house in the suburb of West Pennant Hills. Two "quite powerful" handguns were also recovered.

"I can't imagine the significant stress and heartache she is going through", acting Assistant Commissioner McFadden said.

It's believed the person being sought was the father of the children, aged in his 50s.

Acting Assistant Commissioner McKendall confirmed there were no current AVOs in place, but said there had been "some custody hearings over the past two years".

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'It was a very harrowing experience for the emergency services who responded, ' he said.

NSW Ambulance Inspector Kevin McSweeney was one of the first paramedics to arrive at the house on Hull Road and said the call-out presented "an extremely distressing and stressful situation".

"It is what can only be described as a tragic set of circumstances for the whole family", Supt McFadden said.

"Unfortunately there was nothing we could do to help [the two teenagers]", he said.

At the scene of the bloody attack on Thursday evening, forensic investigators wearing white protective suits could be seen walking up and down the street with torches and cameras.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the killings as "a bad, awful tragedy".

"Our heart goes out to the family that are coming to terms with the death of these two young children". "A lot of young people have been moving into the area". "And just pray that those who have been so, so hurt in this - by this shocking crime, can find comfort in prayer and the consolation from friends and loved ones".

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