Citizen 'heroes' stop deadly Australian knife rampage

Citizen 'heroes' stop deadly Australian knife rampage

A man went on a stabbing rampage in downtown Sydney on Tuesday, killing one woman and wounding another before he was restrained by members of the public, police said, adding they were not treating it as a terrorist incident.

"But it is not now classed as a terrorist incident, as the investigation continues we will reassess that". "Information was found on him which would suggest he had some ideologies in relation to terrorism".

Gun violence is rare in Australia, which strengthened its gun laws following the murders of 35 people by a lone gunman in 1996 in Tasmania.

"Five or six others were chasing him behind, trying to stop him, they caught him and restrained him" in front of two popular cafes in the heart of the city, Hales said. Fuller described the weapon as a butcher's knife.

New South Wales state police said in a statement that they were investigating whether the rampage was linked to the death of a woman whose body was found later in an apartment on the same street as the bar where the injured woman was stabbed.

'And I want to acknowledge those people, those members of the public who got involved. "Traffic in the area is heavy, and motorists are advised to use an alternative route", they said.

Wood said it appeared that the attack was unprovoked. "The male offender was on his own and there was no other person complicit at this stage", he said Police have praised the efforts of passersby who held the attacker. Those attempts thankfully were unsuccessful.

The driver of an Uber has described the terrifying moment the knife-wielding man jumped on top of his auto.

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"It was a scary moment, I'm sure, for a lot of people in Sydney", the driver told Channel Nine. The man driving that vehicle, an Uber driver, later told the Morning Herald he hit the gas to get the suspect off his roof.

Police received multiple phone calls around 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon about a man armed with a knife in the vicinity of King Street. "Shoot me in the f**king head!" and "Allahu Akbar", with police confirming this is now part of their investigation.

Briton Paul O'Shaughnessy, 37, told reporters he and his brother Luke, 30, were working in their office nearby when they heard the commotion.

Luke and Paul O'Shaughnessy said they heard a commotion and looked out the window to see a man standing on the roof of a vehicle wielding a knife.

When the man fell he dropped a knife into the gutter.

Asked if the man was yelling religious terms, Mr O'Shaughnessy said: "I don't want to put my name to that kind of thing".

Later, bystanders including a firefighter used implements such as chairs and a crate to restrain the offender before authorities arrived on the scene.