Australian police hunt suspect in ax killings

June 30, 2008 4:29:29 AM PDT
Police were searching for a 69-year-old man they suspect used an ax to kill his two grandchildren and wife and badly wound his daughter, officials and witnesses said Monday. Police said they believe John Walsh fled his house in a car after the attack Monday in Cowra, 155 miles west of Sydney.

Paramedics were called to the house, where they found the three bodies, said New South Wales state Ambulance Service spokeswoman Fiona Kruit.

Cowra Mayor Bruce Miller said the children were aged 7 and 5. Their mother, Shelley Walsh, was a police officer who worked in a nearby town.

Walsh was attacked as she returned to the house and was able to flee to neighbor Terry Lovett's home, bleeding from a deep gash on the side of her head, Lovett told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Lovett said the elderly man and his wife often looked after the children when their mother went to work in a nearby town.

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