A knife-wielding man killed one individual and tried to stab a number of others in a central Sydney rampage Tuesday earlier than being chased and pinned down by members of the general public, witnesses informed AFP.
Police stated a 21-year-old Sydney man with a historical past of psychological sickness is believed to have killed a lady of across the similar age in a residential unit earlier than happening the rampage throughout the town middle.
New South Wales police commissioner Mick Fuller stated the person had no recognized hyperlinks to terror organizations, however did have a thumb drive with particulars of mass-casualty white-supremacist assaults within the United States and New Zealand.
Witness Megan Hales advised AFP she noticed a person brandishing a big kitchen knife chasing a number of individuals via the busy central enterprise district shortly after lunchtime.
A 41-year-old lady who was stabbed is now stated to be in a secure situation.
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“Five or six others were chasing him behind, trying to stop him, they caught him and restrained him” in entrance of two fashionable cafes within the coronary heart of the town, Hales stated.
Four of the pursuers have been Colombian-born Alex Roberts, and Britons Lee Cuthbert and brothers Paul and Luke O’Shaughnessy – all colleagues at a recruitment consultancy who raced from their fourth-floor workplace to the road.
“We’ve opened the window and seen the guy wielding a knife and jumping on the bonnet” of a nearby automotive, Paul O’Shaughnessy, a former skilled footballer, informed AFP.
Convinced it was a terrorist assault, his brother Luke – a champion Muay Thai boxer – led the chase.
“We all just ran down the building and chased him down the street,” stated Roberts. “Everyone was kind of panicking, no one really knew what was happening,” he stated. “Not your normal Tuesday afternoon.”
Cuthbert stated Luke, with the assistance of one other man, “managed to get him down on to the floor and pin him down” with chairs and a plastic crate earlier than police arrived.
“We’re a very, very close team, we’re a start-up recruitment company” he added. “We’re all brothers really, so when you see brothers running, your natural instinct is to go and follow.”
Police stated regardless of indications the assailant shouted “Allahu Akbar” and “shoot me” it was not but clear whether or not there was a political motive.
“It would appear at this stage it is unprovoked but we are keeping a very open mind as we move forward,” police spokesman superintendent Gavin Wood stated, hailing the motion of the bystanders.
“To approach a person… with clear evidence of a stabbing previously, these people are heroes.”
Prime Minister Scott Morrison additionally praised the bravery of the onlookers.
“The attacker is now in police custody following the brave actions of those who were present at the scene and were able to able to restrain him,” he stated in a tweet.
“Our thoughts are with all those who have been impacted by this violent attack.”