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Dad found dead after two teenagers killed in Sydney

A Sydney street is in lockdown tonight following the fatal shooting of two children and the wounding of a woman believed to be their mother Dad found dead after two teenagers killed in Sydney
Melinda Barton | 08 July, 2018, 18:58

John Edwards, 68, was found dead a few kilometres away, in a house in Normanhurst on Friday morning.

Police remain at a home in Sydney's north where two teenagers were fatally shot in what's being described as a "horrific" incident.

The mother is recovering after being treated for severe shock.

Police said the man had been known to them, although their knowledge was not extensive and was from "many, many years ago".

Police were called to a house on Hull Road in West Pennant Hills about 5:20pm.

Police also located two handguns registered in the father's name at the property in Normanhurst.

"The details about the nature of the relationship, particularly in recent times, and the level of access that the 68-year-old had to his children is subject to investigation", Supt McFadden said.

The dead man and the teens' 36-year-old mother had fought for custody of the children over the last two years, McFadden said.

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".

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

"When ambulance paramedics arrived. we were confronted with an extremely distressing and stressful situation" - NSW Ambulance Inspector Kevin Sweeney.

He said the two teenagers were discovered dead in their bedroom and there was nothing that could be done to help them.

'It is what can only be described as a tragic set of circumstances for the whole family, ' he added.

"It's a awful tragedy that he thought that was the only option, to take the kids instead of letting them live with their mother" - Normanhurst resident.

As forensic examinations of the home continued on Friday morning, it is understood the teens' bodies were removed just before 6am. He was alerted to the incident when his daughter saw it on the news and contacted him before he came outside. "It's so horrific ... especially for such young people to be the ones killed".

Mr Howard said he did not know the family involved but said they were "younger people".