Sydney's Westfield Bondi Junction evacuated amid reports of stabbings, shots fired inside

Sydney's Westfield Bondi Junction evacuated amid reports of stabbings, shots fired inside

By abc.net.au
Saturday 13/04/2024
Video appeared to show a knife-wiedling man wearing a rugby league jersey. ( Source: 9News )

A baby is among eight people who have been stabbed at a shopping centre in Sydney's east, NSW Ambulance says, with reports a number of people have been killed.

Emergency services were called to Westfield Bondi Junction, a large shopping centre in Sydney's east, about 4pm after reports of multiple people being stabbed.

"A critical incident has commenced following the shooting of a male at Bondi Junction," police said in a statement.

An alleged offender has been shot and killed by police, an ambulance spokesperson said.

An update from NSW Police is expected soon.

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The spokesperson said that seven people had been stabbed and taken to a number of hospitals across Sydney.

The baby has been taken to Sydney Children's Hospital at Randwick, another victim was taken to St George Hospital and another to Royal North Shore Hospital.

Three people were taken to Darlinghurst's St Vincent's Hospital, while another two are at Royal Prince Alfred in Camperdown.

The condition of the victims is not known but they were being treated for trauma wounds, an ambulance spokesperson said.

The shopping centre said an operation was underway to evacuate shoppers.

Aerial footage from outside the complex shows a large number of emergency vehicles and personnel.

Armed police could also be seen conducting a search on the roof where the car park is located.

ABC sound engineer Roi Huberman said he was inside a shop when he heard gunshots.

"And suddenly we heard a shot or maybe two shots and we didn't know what to do," he said.

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"Then the very capable person in the store took us to the back where it can be locked.

"She then locked the store and then she then let us through the back and now we are out."

Shopper Adriana was with her two daughters at a beauty store when they heard gunshots.

"All of a sudden the front doors were closed and in a matter of seconds we heard some gunshots and got sent to the storage room at the back of the shop. There were about 30 or 40 people there," she said.

"Everyone was screaming, crying, trying to call their relatives. It was an horrific experience.

"There was a lot of screaming and people just screaming 'Get out, get out, get out of the shopping centre'."

Source : abc.net.au

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