A deadly attack on an Australian mountain resort may have been caused by ‘a simple misunderstanding’
The suspected killer of a New Zealand tourist who was stabbed at a resort in southern Australia is believed to have been inspired by a viral YouTube video of a “self-inflicted gunshot wound” by a local man.
The video was posted by an Australian man named Mark and showed a man stabbing a tourist on a cliff.
In the clip, a man with an “X” on his chest is heard shouting, “I’m gonna do it!”
The victim, who had been walking with a friend in a remote area of the resort, was shot in the head.
“The video of the stabbing is really something that we’ve never seen before,” Mr Bowers told the ABC.
“We have not seen anything like this before.”
A spokesperson for the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Protection said they were investigating the incident and were treating the incident as a homicide.
Mr Bower said the incident may have sparked a “simple misunderstanding” between the two men.
“There’s nothing to indicate that they knew each other,” he said.
“It’s a very simple misunderstanding that happened in the moment.”
“I think there was some misunderstanding.
They were very quick to realise that they were on the wrong side of the law and so they decided to come and commit this crime.”
The alleged gunman, a 32-year-old Australian, is believed by police to be a former Australian Army soldier.
He is believed on the run and is considered armed and dangerous.
The New Zealand government has urged people to remain vigilant after the murder.