Father Kills Teenage Children In Sydney. Then Shoots Himself

How a father planned the execution of his two children

Police had been hunting the 50-year-old father of the children after a boy, 15, and a girl, 13, were killed around 5.20pm last night at the house, in the northwestern Sydney suburb of West Pennant Hills.

The 68-year-old's body was discovered by police four kilometres away in his Normanhurst home about 12 hours later.

Mr Edwards, described as a "recluse" by another neighbour, was a financial planner and volunteered with the NSW Rural Fire Service, Lions Club and Pennant Hills Junior AFL Club, according to his LinkedIn page.

The scene of the shooting in Normanhurst, Sydney, and John Edwards.

Investigators believe the attack was planned. Police say the parents' long-term relationship had broken down and a custody battle had been ongoing for about two years.

"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.

"And I do know that there were some custody hearings over the last two years", McFadden said.

Olga Edwards' two teenaged children were murdered by their father John Edwards, who later killed himself.

He said paramedics, who were visibly shaken by what they had seen, were comforted by a NSW Ambulance chaplain.

Earlier, Supt McFadden told news.com.au it had not yet been determined how many shots were fired but that police were speaking with several witnesses.

"It's very early in the investigation in what can only be described as a tragic set of circumstance for the family", Assistant Commissioner McFadden said.

"Two teenagers were unfortunately deceased in their bedroom and unfortunately at that time there was nothing we could do to help them", he said.

As forensic examinations of the home continued on Friday morning, it is understood the teens' bodies were removed just before 6am.

Another neighbour said Mr Edwards had little to do with anyone.

"I couldn't believe it", he said.

"Our heart goes out to the family that are coming to terms with the death of these two young children".

If you or someone you know needs help, contact Lifeline, on 13 11 14.

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