Nathaniel & Gareth Train were ‘obsessed’ with guns.
Ronald Train said his sons had ‘totally lost their way’
They were killed by police after shooting two cops and neighbour.
Two Australian males involved in a gunfight that left six people dead were “obsessed” with weapons throughout their youth, according to their father.
Nathaniel and Gareth Train, as well as Gareth’s wife Stacey, were killed by police on Monday after shooting two cops and a neighbour.
Police are looking into whether they staged an ambush at the secluded site, as well as their connections to conspiracy theories.
Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil said on Thursday that radicalism was most likely a factor.
“Radicalisation is not new. But… conspiracy theories, disinformation and misinformation – problems as old as time – are being turbocharged by technology into terrible acts of violence,” she told parliament. “They are presenting a new kind of threat to our national security.”
Police said the trio used “several weapons,” but they haven’t disclosed what sort or what motivated the attack.
For the first time since the massacre, Ronald Train stated his boys were not “monsters,” but had “totally lost their way in life” since cutting off their family 20 years ago.
Mr Train stated in an exclusive interview with local television show A Current Affair that the couple had been interested in guns since they were young guys.
“Gareth in particular was obsessed… Nathaniel to a lesser degree,” he said.
He described Gareth – the older of the two brothers – as a “difficult” child who was “very volatile [and] very controlling”, but said he couldn’t fathom how his sons had come to be involved in such a “horrific” incident.
Officers were searching for Nathaniel Train, who had gone missing, on the property in Wieambilla, 270 kilometres (168 miles) west of Brisbane, when they were shot upon around 16:30 on Monday.
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