Published On: Sat, Apr 13th, 2024

Suspect among six dead in Australian stabbing spree at busy shopping center: police

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Six people are reported dead from a stabbing spree Saturday afternoon in Australia, and that includes the suspect who was shot to death by a police officer.

The incident occurred at Bondi Junction Westfield, a six-level shopping center in Sydney. 

Paramedics push stretchers into the Westfield Bondi Junction shopping mall to retrieve the injured after a stabbing incident in Sydney on April 13, 2024. Australian police on April 13 said they had received reports that “multiple people” were stabbed at a busy shopping centre in Sydney. (Photo by DAVID GRAY/AFP via Getty Images)

New South Wales Police Assistant Commissioner Anthony Cooke confirmed at a press conference that six people, including the attacker, have died. He said the lone suspect was shot by an officer who was on her own.

“She confronted the offender who had moved by this stage to level five [of the mall] as she continued to walk quickly behind him to catch up with him. He turned, faced her, raised a knife. She discharged a firearm and that person is now deceased,” Cooke said.

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Eight other people were taken to the hospital for treatment. There have been reports that an infant was among those stabbed by the suspect.

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Cooke said the suspect had been in the shopping center, and then left before he returned and began stabbing people in the center. The motive and identity of the suspect is unknown.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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