Stabbing rampage at Sydney mall leaves at least six dead, including attacker

Author: Editors Desk Source: NBC News
April 13, 2024 at 05:38
People evacuating from the Westfield Shopping Centre on Saturday following a stabbing rampage at the mall in Sydney.Rick Rycroft / AP
People evacuating from the Westfield Shopping Centre on Saturday following a stabbing rampage at the mall in Sydney.Rick Rycroft / AP

Police say there is no continuing threat, adding that it was too early to determine the attacker's motive.

A baby was among several people stabbed at a mall in SydneyAustralia, on Saturday. Six people, including the attacker, have been pronounced dead, while others are in serious or critical condition.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Anthony Cooke told a news conference that the attacker walked into the Westfield Bondi Junction mall at about 3:20 p.m. local time (1:20 a.m. ET) where he “caused harm” to about nine people “stabbing them with a weapon he was carrying.” The weapon “was most likely a knife,” he said. 

A spokesperson for New South Wales Ambulance told NBC News that a nine-month-old baby was “transported to Sydney Children’s Hospital with a pediatric stab wound.” 

Cooke said that an inspector near the scene was guided to the offender’s location by members of the public. As she pursued him from behind, Cooke said the offender turned and the officer shot him. 

“She took the action, saving a range of people’s lives,” he added. 

He said the offender's motives were not clear, but he acted alone and that there was no continuing threat. 


Paramedics outside the Westfield Bondi Junction shopping mall.DAVID GRAY / AFP - Getty Images

Speaking at the same news conference, NSW Ambulance Assistant Commissioner Brent Armitage said two other people had been transported to hospitals across Sydney. Their condition was not known. 

Surveillance video showed a man running through the mall holding a long knife. Reports from local media described chaos, as some shoppers fled and others attempted to stop the man. Some shops reportedly pulled down their shutters, sequestering some people inside in order to keep them safe. 

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the mall. 

In a live interview with 9News Sydney, the local broadcaster, a man outside the mall said he helped a baby after a woman was stabbed. “The mum came over with the baby and threw it at me, with this hole in the baby, it looked pretty bad,” he said. 

Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese called the attack “a horrific act of violence that indiscriminately targeted innocent people.” 

In a news conference he said the nation “offers our deepest condolences and sympathies to all those who are grieving for someone they have lost. And we send our strength to those who have been injured.”


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