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Floreat shooting: Family of mother-daughter killer break cover – Government launches new gun crackdown after his huge stash of deadly weapons revealed


The devastated family of Mark Bombara have broken cover for the first time since he killed a mother and daughter before taking his own life – as the government launched a new crackdown on guns in the wake of the tragedy.

The bomber, 63, shot dead Jennifer Petelczyc, 53, and her 18-year-old daughter Gretl at their Floreat home in Perth’s western suburbs on Friday afternoon before turning the gun on himself.

The developer, who was the registered owner of 13 guns, was looking for his ex-wife and mother of his four grown-up children, Rowena, who had been staying at a friend’s house in Berkeley Crescent since the couple split in April. 1.

As both families coped with the tragedy, the Bombaras — including children Candice, Ariel, Isaac and Eden — stayed out of the public eye.

But Candice and Isaac were spotted outside her East Freemantle home on Monday as they ventured out to run errands.

When Isaac returned to the estate with a Woolworths shopping bag, he respectfully declined to comment, saying it «doesn’t matter» to talk about what happened.

Gunman Mark Bombara’s daughter Candice is pictured leaving her East Freemantle home with her husband to run errands on Monday.

Isaac Bombara is pictured leaving his sister's house to go shopping on Monday

Isaac Bombara is pictured leaving his sister’s house to go shopping on Monday

The sightings come as the Western Australian government on Monday announced new gun laws to be tabled in parliament in the coming days and could be further tightened after Bombara was revealed to be in possession of more than a dozen firearms.

In October, the WA Government unveiled proposed reforms to the Firearms Act that would limit the number of guns someone can own.

Under the revised Firearms Act, recreational shooters would only be allowed five guns, while farmers and competitive shooters would be limited to 10.

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Gun owners would also have to undergo a mental health evaluation and could automatically lose their gun license if they were issued a domestic violence or domestic violence order.

If the bill passes parliament, Western Australia will have the strictest gun legislation in the country.

But authorities are now considering an even bigger crackdown on gun owners as questions arise over whether the deaths could have been prevented.

Police Minister Paul Papalia revealed in an interview with the media on Monday that Bombara had 11 firearms on a recreational shooter’s license and two handguns on a collector’s license.

It is understood the weapon used on Friday was a handgun.

Mark James Bombara was looking for his ex-partner Rowena, who was living with Mrs Petelczyc after their bitter divorce (Bombara and Rowena are pictured together)

Mark James Bombara was looking for his ex-partner Rowena, who was living with Mrs Petelczyc after their bitter divorce (Bombara and Rowena are pictured together)

Mark and Rowena are the parents of (pictured left to right) Isaac, Eden, Candice and Ariel Bombara

Mark and Rowena are the parents of (pictured left to right) Isaac, Eden, Candice and Ariel Bombara

Premier Roger Cook said the Floreat tragedy highlighted the need for tougher gun laws.

«There is no reason why a person living in Mosman Park should be able to legally own 13 guns,» Premier Roger Cook said.

«It’s hard to understand. One man, 13 guns, legally owned, right in the suburbs of Perth.’

Mr Papalia said Bombara had no previous convictions and was only made aware of him by police after his ex-wife contacted them for help on March 31 when she left the matrimonial home in Mosman Park the following day.

Mr Papalia said she had asked for officers to be present at the house while she packed her belongings because of «family domestic violence (FDV) matters that had not previously been reported to the police.»

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Under current gun laws and the proposed reforms, officers would still not have had the power to strip Bombara of his weapons when the FDV matters were first brought to police attention eight weeks ago.

However, while Bombara was not subject to the injunction, Mr Papalia said the new laws would limit the number of guns he owned to five.

Mr Papalia said he and the police commissioner would now look at whether any further changes could be made to those reforms.

«I think so, I think we will act sooner to remove firearms from areas where there is potential for harm,» he said.

“We have to look at every part of the law to make it tougher, but especially in relation to this seizure of firearms and what this seizure is done in relation to incidents of this nature.

Mark Bombara, 63, broke into Jennifer Petelczyc's Floreat home in Perth's western suburbs about 4.30pm on Friday looking for his estranged wife Rowena.  The bomber, who failed to find her, instead fatally shot his girlfriend Jennifer Petelczyc, 53, and her daughter Gretl, 18 (pictured together), before turning the gun on himself.

Mark Bombara, 63, broke into Jennifer Petelczyc’s Floreat home in Perth’s western suburbs about 4.30pm on Friday looking for his estranged wife Rowena. The bomber, who failed to find her, instead fatally shot his girlfriend Jennifer Petelczyc, 53, and her daughter Gretl, 18 (pictured together), before turning the gun on himself.

Two young women laid a floral tribute at the scene of the murder

Two young women laid a floral tribute at the scene of the murder

«It’s clear right now that people are allowed to keep their firearms longer than we potentially could in the future.»

The announcement comes after a family friend of Ms Petelczyc told Daily Mail Australia the mother-of-two confided she feared for her family’s safety after learning Bombara was driving a Glock under the seat of her car looking for her ex- wife.

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A friend said Bombara had become increasingly erratic over the past six months after suffering minor strokes and diabetes but not receiving treatment, leading to significant personality changes.

A family friend said the widow, Mrs Petelczyc, often visited his parents and sought legal advice from his lawyer on how she could protect her daughters and Mrs Bombara.

He said the last time his parents saw Ms Petelczycova, which was two weeks ago shortly before they went on holiday, his father shouted at her as she walked up the driveway: «Don’t forget to report it (Bombara was driving by with a gun) to the police».

Mrs. Petelczyc called «I will» before turning and heading home.

Pictured: Mourners comfort each other after leaving floral tributes outside the scene of the murder

Pictured: Mourners comfort each other after leaving floral tributes outside the scene of the murder

A family friend said they were unsure whether Ms Petelczyc had reported the matter to the police.

Daily Mail Australia understands WA Police have been unable to find records to suggest Ms Petelczyc made a report to officers.

Ms Bombara had been living at the Petelczyc home since she left her ex-husband last month, but was not at the home when he broke into the house at around 4.30pm on Friday.

Daily Mail Australia understands Bombara shot each woman in separate rooms of the house before taking his own life, with the last shots heard by officers as they ran down the road towards the scene.

The tragedy left eldest daughter Leisl Petelczyc, 23, who was not at home at the time, the only surviving member of the family after her father Jon died of pancreatic cancer in August 2019.

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