Many Feared Injured As Hundreds Of Shoppers Flee Australian Mall In Sydney After Stabbing Attacks

At least six people were killed and eight injured after a man went on a stabbing spree at a Sydney shopping centre on Saturday.

Hundreds of people on Saturday were evacuated from a shopping mall in Sydney, Australia after a suspected stabbing.

A police operation is underway at the busy mall near Bondi Beach after the suspected stabbing on Saturday afternoon, according to the news site.

Two witnesses told Reuters they heard shots fired.

One of the witnesses said they saw a woman lying on the ground before sheltering in a jewelry store.

New South Wales state police said a police operation was underway but did not provide further details.

Several posts on social media showed crowds fleeing the mall and police cars and emergency services rushing to the area.

A nine-month-old baby is among the injured, according to paramedics, and the child’s mother was among the fatalities. 

Police Commissioner Karen Webb said the motive is unknown, but terrorism is not suspected. 

“Things are very raw at this stage,” assistant commissioner Anthony Cooke said in a press conference. “I do not have many details… it is a very big crime scene. This is about dealing with this terrible situation and making sure everybody is safe.”

Bondi Junction is a large shopping centre, comparable with the Westfield in Stratford in London, and Saturday afternoon is one of its busiest times.

One eyewitness told ABC News: “He just started floating towards us and all I heard was ‘put it down’ and then she shot him.

“But we were in no doubt, if she didn’t shoot him, he would have kept going. He was on the rampage.

“Then she walked over and gave him CPR. He had a big blade on him – she chucked the knife away.

“He looked like he was on a killing spree.”

New South Wales Police in a statement: “A critical incident has commenced following the shooting of a male at Bondi Junction.

Just before 4pm, emergency services were called to Westfield Bondi Junction following reports of multiple people stabbed.”

ABC News Australia spoke to the witness, who did not want to be identified, and reported: “He saw a bloke in a green shirt start stabbing people indiscriminately, he handed off his kids to his wife who escaped before he started trying to help a woman who had been stabbed outside.

“He said he saw screaming, screaming and it didn’t seem that long before we heard the boom, boom, boom of the gunshot and we thought and hoped that it was the police. The security guard, he said, was dying 10 metres away.

“He grabbed towels there, and there were three people dying right around him (the eyewitness).

“It was just carnage, was how he described the situation as it unfolded, he was very much there after he sent his children and his wife to safety.

“The first responders didn’t realise they were coming in to see multiple critical people, and added the cops were just unreal.”

Chilling video footage has shown the attacker run with a knife around the centre. Another video shows him being confronted with a bollard while on an escalator.

Culled from The Standard