Albany Creek deaths: Martin Fowler identified as alleged gunman who shot aunt multiple times in murder-suicide

Max Corstorphan
The Nightly
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Paramedics called to the Albany Creek home found the man and woman with critical injuries. (Darren England/AAP PHOTOS)
Paramedics called to the Albany Creek home found the man and woman with critical injuries. (Darren England/AAP PHOTOS) Credit: AAP

Police have confirmed a man who shot his aunt multiple times before turning the gun on himself was a registered firearms owner.

Queensland Police are investigating after the bodies of a 77-year-old woman and a 46-year-old man with multiple gunshot wounds were discovered in an Albany Creek home.

The man behind the murder-suicide has been identified by the Courier Mail as 46-year-old Martin Fowler.

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Brisbane Regional Crime Coordinator Detective Acting Superintendent Craig Williams confirmed police were familiar with the property and had visited the Jambaroo St home “a number of times” in recent days.

The bodies of a man and a woman have been discovered in a Jamberoo home.
The bodies of a man and a woman have been discovered in a Jamberoo home. Credit: Google

“So far the investigation has revealed that the male person was the son of the unharmed female in the house. He was a 46-year-old male,” Det Supt Williams said.

“The deceased female was his (Mr Fowler’s) aunty and she was 77 years old.

“At this stage of the investigation, it appears that the male person, who had a registered firearms licence, has used a handgun that was registered to him to discharge a number of shots which has killed the 77-year-old female.

“He then used the firearm on himself and was deceased at the scene.”

Detective Acting Superintendent Craig Williams would not comment on whether he felt it appropriate that Mr Fowler held a registered firearms licence.

“This is a tragic incident and we are assisting the family to the best of our ability,” Det Supt Williams said.

“Police had attended the scene a number of times and had dealings with both parties in the preceding week.”

The man’s mother has been treated for shock. She is now assisting police with enquiries.

Queensland Police have assured the public that there is no ongoing threat to the community.

A neighbour told the Courier Mail: “I always walk past the house, but I’ve never spoken to them, there is always someone at the front.”

“One is always yelling at one another,” they said.

“The house has always been boarded up, you never see anyone go in and out,” he said.

“There is always junk everywhere.

“The air conditioner is always running and there is alfoil on the windows.

“It’s all a bit weird really.”

Police are urging anyone who may have seen or heard anything unusual in the Jambaroo Street area before 5.30pm to come forward with information by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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