About 20 people are believed to have been injured, many seriously.
Here's what day one looked like in photos.
Chris Boulous NSW: Sydney Kings star Jason Cadee is looking for his guardian angel to say thank you.
Haley Craig NSW: It is the beginning of a 10-day party and it all starts in Tamworth on Friday.
Brodie Owen NSW: residents in the line of fire have a message for arsonists.
Fiona Henderson VIC: Police have charged a 25-year-old Beaufort man over a fatal car crash last year in which a four-year-old girl died.
ANDREW THOMSON, ADAM COOPER and NINO BUCCI VIC: Cocaine operation had south-west focus.
Jess Cockerill WA: Stake Hill resident Tim Mills works as a firefighter at the station in Success, but on Thursday morning he had to put his skills to use off-duty.
DAN PROUDMAN NSW: Rothbury man accused of attacking five young women he stalked online.
VIC: The 23-year-old woman who allegedly hit cyclist Christian Ashby and left him fighting for his life in the middle of the street has pleaded guilty.