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Man kills six people in stabbing in Sydney: perpetrator was known to police

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According to witnesses, the perpetrator walked through Sydney’s Westfield Bondi Junction shopping center and randomly attacked people. Quite quickly there were five fatalities and eight injuries, of whom one person was still in critical condition. The latter person has now also succumbed to her injuries. The perpetrator also died after being shot by the police.

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“A serious incident has occurred involving the shooting of a man at Bondi Junction,” New South Wales police confirmed in a statement. “Emergency services were called to Westfield Bondi Junction just before 4pm (local time) following reports of several people having been stabbed.”

“This afternoon at around 3.10pm a man walked into a restaurant in Bondi Junction, left the shopping center and returned around 3.20pm,” Police Commissioner Anthony Cooke said. “He had contact with approximately nine people at the mall, and it is clear he harmed those people by stabbing them with a weapon he had on him.”

The perpetrator with the knife was shot.

According to Cooke, the perpetrator was stopped by a police inspector who was present in the area and entered the shopping center. She was pointed in the right direction by witnesses and confronted the perpetrator on the fifth floor of the six-storey shopping center. “He turned around, looked at her and raised a knife. She discharged her firearm at him and the person is now deceased,” Cooke said.

Motive

The shoppers present tried to flee the building in haste or hide in one of the many storefronts, although some also tried to overpower the man, as can be seen on images on social media. The police placed the shopping center in lockdown, but the shoppers and shopkeepers have now been released. People are asked to avoid the area so that the emergency services can do their work in optimal conditions.

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“Preliminary investigations indicate that the perpetrator acted alone,” said Commissioner Cooke. “I have no further information about the perpetrator, I do not know who he is at this time.” Nothing is yet clear about his motives. “Nothing was found at the scene to suggest any motive or ideology,” Cooke said. When asked whether there was terrorism, he said “nothing could be ruled out”.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Karen Webb of the New South Wales Police has also provided an update. The perpetrator is a 40-year-old man who was known to the police. Five of the six victims are women, but Webb said it is “too early to speculate” that that might have been the motive. However, according to her, it can be ruled out that this was an act of terrorism. “The investigation will be thorough and will take many, many days,” she said.

Baby

According to Australia’s 9News, the woman in critical condition who eventually died in hospital was a mother who was attacked with her baby in the shopping center. A man previously testified to 9News how the mother came to him and pushed her baby into his arms. “I could only help by holding the baby and applying pressure to his wounds to stop the bleeding. There was a lot of blood on the floor,” testified the man, who had seen the perpetrator run towards the woman and her baby. “We kept shouting that we needed clothes to stop the bleeding, but I think the baby is doing well now,” said the witness, who already feared that the mother was in worse shape.

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