A small Toowoomba – AAP Queensland community is grieving after three bodies were found in a home near Toowoomba.
A seven-year-old boy is among the three people shot dead at the home.
The bodies of the boy, his 27-year-old mother and a 52-year-old man were found in a house at Biddeston, near Toowoomba, on Monday night.
Police say they knew each other but have not confirmed their relationship.
Police have indicated the man, who is believed to be the child’s grandfather, killed the boy and his mother before killing himself.
“This is a terrible situation that has claimed the lives of a woman and her son,” Detective Inspector David Isherwood said on Tuesday.
“We are in the early stages of our investigation, however it would appear that two of the deaths are suspicious and the death of the man is non suspicious.”
A friend who went to the Southbrook Road property found the bodies on Monday evening, after failing to make contact with the family.
Police say they may have been there for a day or so before they were discovered.
They say officers called to the scene have been left distressed.
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‘We believe a firearm may be involved, and I emphasise may be,’ De Insp Isherwood said.
‘We’ll continue to make our investigations to determine the real cause of death.
‘We believe the victims may have known the assailant and we don’t think that anyone is a danger to the community at this time.’
He said any incident that involved the death of a child was particularly tragic, and police called to the scene had been left distressed by what they found.
A neighbour earlier told AAP the red brick bungalow belonged to a single-parent family with several children.