Indian-origin couple takes shelter amid Sydney stabbing spree; six lives lost in shopping center tragedy – Times of India

Indian-origin couple takes shelter amid Sydney stabbing spree; six lives lost in shopping center tragedy - Times of India

New Delhi: Six people were killed amid a horrific knife attack at a shopping center in Sydney. Indian origin couple Bracing themselves with cardboard boxes, along with many others, took refuge in the back room.
Shoi GhoshalA resident of Sydney told about herself and her husband Debashis ChakrabortyI have experience Westfield Shopping Centre I Bondi Junction As the violence broke out, PTI reported, citing the BBC.
Ghoshal, who is 36 years old, described the moment he realized something was wrong while inside a store. “We went into a back room, a store room, and used boxes to barricade ourselves inside,” he said, explaining that there were about 20 to 25 people seeking shelter.
During his ordeal, Ghoshal recalled the distress of an elderly woman who was outside crying for her husband. Despite the chaos, the group was able to contact authorities, who instructed them to remain calm and stand down.
After the mall was evacuated through the emergency exit, they were treated to a scene of police activity. Ghoshal expressed his gratitude for their safety and expressed his condolences to those affected by the tragedy.
Police have confirmed the death of four women and one man at the scene, while another woman succumbed to her injuries at the hospital. Eight people, including a nine-month-old infant undergoing surgery, are being treated for injuries sustained in the attack.
Authorities have identified the suspect as a 40-year-old man, although formal identification is pending, and a motive remains unclear.
According to reports, the assailant initially entered the shopping center around 3:10 pm local time and left for a while before returning to attack.
Authorities believe the suspect acted alone and have assured the public there is no ongoing threat.
A witness told state broadcaster ABC about the police officer who shot the attacker.
“If she hadn’t shot him, he would have kept going, he was on a rampage,” said the man, who did not give his name. “She went up and was giving him CPR. He had a nice big blade on him. He looked like he was on a killing spree.”
A senior female officer confronted the suspect and shot him dead as he pounced on her, hailed as a hero by Prime Minister Anthony Albany.
Prime Minister Anthony Albany said there was still no indication of the man’s motive. “This was a horrific act of violence, indiscriminately targeting innocent people who were doing their shopping on a normal Saturday,” he said at a press conference.
(with input from agencies)

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