Four people have been taken to hospital with gun shoot wounds after a shooting at Hornsby Westfield this afternoon, and it’s now looking like all four people were shot by police.
The details are not 100% clear yet, but NSW Police confirmed they were called to the shopping centre in Sydney’s north following reports that a man was armed with a knife.
UPDATE: Yep, police shot / inflicted fragment wounds on four people – the target, and three innocent bystanders in their 60s to 80s. More here.
“Following a confrontation, a number of shots were fired by police,” the media report said. “As a consequence, four people have sustained various injuries and have been taken to hospital.”
James Yeom, a witness to the scene and owner of the nearby Gelatissimo store, told Seven News that the man was not wearing any shoes, and appeared to be intoxicated.
“I called police straight away. A few minutes later police officers showed up and asked him to drop the knife. He refused to drop the knife. They pointed their gun at him and asked to drop knife again, which he refused again. Then they shot him down. ”
— David Henry (@heshootspeople) June 9, 2016
Assistant Commissioner Denis Clifford will address the public at 2:45 this afternoon.
A Critical Incident Team will be investigating the discharge of a police firearm, along with all circumstances surrounding the incident.
Photo: Twitter / @heshootspeople. (Unfortunate Twitter handle.)