The gunman who opened fire in a packed shopping centre in Australia’s biggest city was shot dead by police after opening fire with a semiautomatic rifle, authorities said on Sunday.
The gunman, who had no criminal record, was killed after a chase, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said.
The incident took place in the early hours of Sunday morning (local time), with shots fired in Sydney’s CBD, in Melbourne’s east, and in the eastern suburb of Geelong.
At least five people were wounded in the shootings, the AFP said.
AFP Assistant Commissioner Shane Patton said the gunman was apprehended after the pursuit and was dead at the scene.
AFP Commissioner Shane Donohoe said the officer who opened the fire was injured in the process.
“It was a very quick reaction,” he told reporters.
Police said they had not received a request for a coronial inquiry into the shooting, but a coroner would be appointed to look into the incident. “
The other officer is a very good officer who went to the scene to try to stop the guy and the suspect.”
Police said they had not received a request for a coronial inquiry into the shooting, but a coroner would be appointed to look into the incident.
The AFP has a history of deadly shootings, including in the southern state of Tasmania.
Police in Australia are not legally permitted to use firearms when they are lawfully inside the country, but it is illegal to possess them outside the country.
It is a breach of the Australian Firearms Act which allows for criminal prosecution if police use deadly force in the pursuit of a suspect.
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