Death toll increasing: Five people and a suspect killed in a Sydney shopping centre stabbing attack, police say


A family leaves the Westfield Bondi Junction shopping mall after a stabbing incident in Sydney on April 13, 2024. Australian police on Saturday (April 13, 2024) said they had received reports that "multiple people" were stabbed at a busy shopping centre in Sydney. - AFP

SYDNEY (AP): Five people and a suspect were killed in a Sydney shopping center stabbing attack on Saturday that left multiple people, including a small child, injured, police said.

A single person began stabbing people in the mall, attacking nine people, before a police inspector shot him, Assistant Police Commissioner Anthony Cooke told reporters. Five victims died, he said.

Cooke said the suspect acted alone and there was "no continuing threat.” He said officials didn’t know who the offender was yet, and there was no indication of motivation.

"This is quite raw,” he said.

An earlier report stated that multiple people were stabbed Saturday, and police shot someone, at a busy Sydney shopping centre, media reports said.

ABC TV in Australia reported Saturday that police evacuated shoppers at Westfield Shopping Centre in Bondi Junction, which is in the city's eastern suburbs. A New South Wales ambulance spokesperson said that one of two alleged offenders had been shot by police and they were searching for the other, ABC reported. The spokesperson said people were still inside the shopping center.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that four people died in a stabbing. Police couldn’t be immediately reached to confirm the report. The newspaper said one person was also shot, but it wasn’t clear if the person had died.

Video showed many ambulances and police cars around the shopping center, and people streaming out. ABC reported that armed police were searching a rooftop parking lot.

Paramedics were treating patients at the scene.

Witness Roi Huberman, an ABC sound engineer, told the network that he sheltered in a store during the incident.

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

"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.” - AP

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