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Darwin shooting: Ben Hoffmann was stopped for hours before he shot four dead.


The alleged Darwin gunman was stopped just four hours before the alleged shooting of four people for speeding, but was released because the police saw "nothing out of the ordinary".

45-year-old Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann is charged with four murder cases two days after the alleged shootout in the capital of the Northern Territory.

At a press conference on Thursday, NT Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw announced that Hoffmann was allegedly caught at 94 km / h in an 80 km / h zone on the morning of the shootout before being fined and allowed to drive away.

Hoffmann has spent the last two days in the hospital for treatment for stab wounds. However, he was released Thursday morning before being taken to a police station, where he is expected to be charged.

The third victim was identified today as Michael Sisois, 57, a Greek-born roofer who moved to Australia as a young child.

Mr. Sisois was shot and killed in the Buff Club pub around 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening while drinking with friends.

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45-year-old Ben Hoffmann (who was released from the hospital on Thursday) is said to have killed four people and injured each other in a killing spree on Tuesday evening

The man, who was known to the police and was released on parole earlier this year, was arrested at five locations after an hour-long rampage (pictured)

The man, who was known to the police and was released on parole earlier this year, was arrested at five locations after an hour-long rampage (pictured)

Michael Sisois (photo), 57, was shot shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Buff Club

Michael Sisois (photo), 57, was shot shortly before 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the Buff Club

Mr. Sisois's family told ABC that they were still struggling to come to terms with how he was involved in the tragedy.

"He was a very hard worker and he loved his family," said Mr. Sisois's sister-in-law.

"I'm still trying to record everything. I don't know what to say. & # 39;

The previous Thursday, the NT police commissioner announced that Hoffmann was stopped by the police in Humpty Doo at 10:52 a.m. on the day of the shootout.

Despite what was supposed to come hours later, he was fined and allowed to go.

"He showed no adverse behavior," said Commissioner Kershaw to the media.

"Nothing out of the ordinary (as he) was observed by police officers."

Over the next three hours, Hoffmann was reportedly caught twice by cameras at fixed speed when exceeding the speed limit.

Less than seven hours later, he reportedly entered the Palm Motel in Darwin's business district and shot Hassan Baydoun, a taxi driver.

In the next hour, Hoffmann reportedly shot 52-year-old Rob Courtney – a security guard at Darwins Casino – 57-year-old Sisois and a 76-year-old man.

Hoffman was stopped for a few hours because of the speed limit before he reportedly shot four people

Hoffman was stopped for a few hours because of the speed limit before he reportedly shot four people

Hoffmann is said to have fatally shot four men at four different locations (picture) and injured a woman

Hoffmann is said to have fatally shot four men at four different locations (picture) and injured a woman

The chaos occurred on Tuesday just before 6 p.m. at the Palms Motel (picture) on Finniss Street when a man in warning clothes reportedly started his killing spree

The chaos occurred on Tuesday shortly before 6 p.m. in the Palms Motel (picture) on Finniss Street when a man in warning clothing reportedly started his killing spree

Police believe the gunman shot 33-year-old Blue Taxis driver Hassan Baydoun in the back of the motel on Firness Street at around 5.45 p.m. The taxi driver was on his lunch break at the time

Police believe the gunman shot 33-year-old Blue Taxis driver Hassan Baydoun in the back of the motel on Firness Street at around 5.45 p.m. The taxi driver was on his lunch break at the time

Authorities today revealed more worrying details of Hoffman's activities prior to the alleged shootings, including the fact that he may have been under the influence of the drug ice.

It was also known that the alleged shooter was thrown back to prison a few weeks ago for violating his parole.

Officials said Hoffman – who was released on parole in January – spent two weeks behind bars in April after violating his curfew at 10 p.m.

Scott McNairn, Commissioner for Correction Services in the Northern Territory, said this was only a "minor violation" and was then released back into the community.

The police believe that the killing spree began on Tuesday at 5.40 p.m. At around 5.45 p.m., the alleged shooter shot 33-year-old Blue Taxis driver Hassan Baydoun in the back of the Palms Motel on Firness Street.

The taxi driver was at lunch time with the company's operating base next to the motel.

Around that time, a 23-year-old woman also suffered injuries to her legs. She is in the hospital and will survive.

Five minutes later, at 5:50 p.m., police said the alleged gunman had driven up the road to Gardens Hill Crescent for about two minutes, where he shot a 76-year-old man in a town house. He was not officially identified.

The shooter is said to have stormed the nearby Buff Club Pub (picture) and killed 57-year-old Michael Sisois

The shooter is said to have stormed the nearby Buff Club Pub (picture) and killed 57-year-old Michael Sisois

A policeman looks sad as he stands guard outside the house at Gardens Hill Crescent, one of the crime scenes where a 76-year-old man was shot

A policeman looks sad as he stands guard outside the house at Gardens Hill Crescent, one of the crime scenes where a 76-year-old man was shot

33-year-old Blue Taxis driver Hassan Baydoun (pictured) was shot in the back of the Palms Motel on Firness Street at around 5.45 p.m.

33-year-old Blue Taxis driver Hassan Baydoun (pictured) was shot in the back of the Palms Motel on Firness Street at around 5.45 p.m.

DARWIN SHOOTING – A SCHEDULE:

10:52 a.m .: The police caught Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann at 94 km / h in an 80 km / h zone. He is punished and allowed to go.

5:39 pm: Hoffmann arrives at the Palms Motel on Finnis Street in Darwin

5.45 p.m .: He allegedly shoots the dead taxi driver Hassan Baydoun, who was just taking a break at the taxi station next door

– – He also allegedly shoots a woman in the legs

5.50 p.m .: Hoffmann drives two minutes away to Gardens Hill Crescent, where he is said to enter a house and shoot a 76-year-old man

17:59: Shortly before 6 p.m., Hoffmann is said to have stormed into the Buff Club pub and killed a 57-year-old man

6.10 p.m .: Hoffmann allegedly drives into an industrial area and shoots a fourth man, 52

6.30 p.m .: The alleged gunman then drives to an NT police station after calling the superintendent on duty and asking for protective custody

6.45 p.m .: Hoffmann is arrested by the police in Stuart Park in Darwin

Nine minutes later, shortly before 6 p.m., the alleged shooter is said to have stormed the nearby Buff Club pub and killed Mr. Sisois.

He is said to have driven about 1.5 km north to Jolly Road in Woolner and shot a fourth man, 52, at an industrial site.

Oddly enough, police say the shooter went to one of the Northern Territory Police headquarters, the Peter Mcaulay Center, which is about a 20-minute drive north.

The investigators claim that he allegedly tried to enter the concrete-like concrete building, but failed. Detectives don't know why he was there.

The police claim that the alleged gunman then turned and drove all the way back to Darwin's city center.

At some point he called the police chief.

"He asked to be put in protective custody, which we did," police commissioner Reece Kershaw recalled.

Hoffmann was covered in blood when he was arrested.

He was insulted by police officers in military clothes and taken to the hospital.

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