The shooter switched to a more powerful rifle, the court said

Byron Tonks and his parents, Cindy and Albert Tonks, received a call for help and arrived at the home before the shooting began. Cindy was able to run inside when the gunfire subsided, but Albert was shot in the shoulder while peeking from behind a car.


While standing in the front sitting room, Byron was shot in the chest and fell to the ground. His family gave him first aid, including CPR, but he could not be saved.

Ratcliffe said at least 226 bullets were fired over the course of an hour, including some from a powerful Carcano bolt-action rifle. The prosecutor said White fired at several homes, with the bullets penetrating exterior and interior walls.

At one home, the bullet passed through a security door, a refrigerator, a children’s room and an adult bedroom before coming to rest on the living room floor, the court heard.

As the shooting continued, police evacuated the home’s occupants by cutting a hole in the back fence and lifting them through a rear window.

White finally surrendered around 7:15 p.m. after speaking to a police negotiator.

In a taped interview that evening, Ratcliffe said White told police that “everyone started screaming and talking shit” when he set the ute on fire, and they wouldn’t listen when he told them it was them nothing to do.

He told police he thought “damn it, I’ll just go hard” and “went over there, got a gun and started shooting”.

White told police he inherited the guns from his late father and grew up on a farm where kangaroos, pigs and rabbits were shot, the court heard. He said he started shooting at the house because he knew his neighbor was inside, but “no one was a clear shot.”

“I felt like it didn’t get to her; it was too far, it just wasn’t accurate enough from that distance,” White said in the interview, according to Ratcliffe. “So I went and got something that was a little bit more accurate, a little bit more powerful.”

The court heard it was a bullet from the more powerful rifle that hit Byron Tonks in the chest while he was standing in the living room across the street.

A forensic psychiatrist is expected to provide evidence that White had a mood disorder at the time of the shooting and did not understand what he was doing was wrong. Another expert is expected to say that White had no mental impairment and his behavior was a result of the drug ice cream.

The process goes on. The shooter switched to a more powerful rifle, the court said

Joel McCord

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