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Wollongong windang shooting today, gunman shooter gun siege news

Wollongong windang shooting today, gunman shooter gun siege news
A 40-year-old man was arrested
According to NSW Police, a masked gunman in Windang fired 'random bullets' at passing pedestrians

A masked gunman fired random shots at passing people and vehicles in a small town on the South Coast before kidnapping a shopkeeper.

At 9:30 a.m. this morning, dramatic scenes erupted in the coastal neighborhood of Windang, near Illawarra.

On Windang's main strip, a masked man dressed totally in black was seen firing a rifle numerous times.

The man pacing along Windang Road with one firearm in his hands and another slung across his shoulder was captured on video.

Masked gunman fired shots at pedestrians before taking hostage, police say

He can be seen firing the weapon into the air as he walks past a medical facility, circles a parked car, and peers into a supermarket shop.

"Whaaa "Is he for real?" a woman could be heard wondering in video footage shared on social media.

The gunman then appeared to pick up a silver briefcase that had been abandoned in the middle of the road.

The contents of the container or why it was left there were not disclosed, but police said the case and the gunman's backpack were being forensically inspected.

According to Assistant Commissioner Joseph Cassar, the suspect fired six "random rounds" at passing vehicles and pedestrians before "barricading himself" inside a neighboring dive shop.

Terrifying footage showed a man armed with a rifle stalking the streets outside shops in Windang on Sunday morning
Terrifying footage showed a man armed with a rifle stalking the streets outside shops in Windang on Sunday morning
The man allegedly took an employee hostage inside a dive and spearfishing shop, where he was arrested by police (pictured)
The man allegedly took an employee hostage inside a dive and spearfishing shop, where he was arrested by police (pictured)

Witnesses photographed numerous officers jammed up against the wall of the diving and spearfishing business, which is adjacent to a BWS booze store.

Assistant Commissioner Cassar stated that the store had two employees. One of the suspects was able to flee and offer authorities with "important information."

The store's owner was detained on-site before being released unharmed.

Sam Williams, a resident down the road, mistook the loud explosions for fireworks. He heard another gunshot and saw police "flying down the street" as he approached the road.

"We were barely around the corner when we heard gunshots, and then there was a standoff outside the chip shop," he explained.

Dozens of police officers responded to the incident on Windang Road (scene pictured)
Dozens of police officers responded to the incident on Windang Road (scene pictured)
A man is now in custody in relation to the incident which sparked panic in Windang
A man is now in custody in relation to the incident which sparked panic in Windang
The armed man retrieved what looked like a briefcase from the road during the incident
The armed man retrieved what looked like a briefcase from the road during the incident

"[Police] were marching down the street with assault guns, and when the guy walked out, about twenty cops pinned him down."

"Nothing like this occurs in this area. It was quite frightening."

According to police, many vehicles were destroyed by gunshots prior to cops' arrival. One of the automobiles was shot at while at least one person was inside.

According to Assistant Commissioner Cassar, the gunman, 40, surrendered after tactical police arrived on the scene.

He was arrested and sent to the Lake Illawarra Police Station.

The crime scene and the man's residence are currently being searched for evidence.

"Because the guy is a registered guns owner, his information is unquestionably available... on our systems," the Assistant Commissioner stated.

The man (pictured) was escorted away by police officers and is now in custody
The man (pictured) was escorted away by police officers and is now in custody
Police believe the alleged gunman (pictured) fired up to five shots during the incident
Police believe the alleged gunman (pictured) fired up to five shots during the incident

"However, I would argue that he is not well-known to law enforcement."

The man, now unmasked, was led out of the business by numerous police officers, according to social media footage.

According to police, there were no injuries and there was no ongoing threat to the neighborhood.

As a precaution, authorities added, a bomb disposal robot was observed outside the business.

Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon stated that the probe was "still very early" and there was no evident motivation.

Windang's roadways, including the bridge, were closed hours after the siege ended, with tactical police stationed at major crossroads.

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