Bondi Junction Westfield stabbing: Ryan Bramble witnesses moment hero cop shoots dead murderer Joel Cauchi

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Ryan Bramble witnessed the moment when NSW Police Inspector Amy Scott shot dead mass murderer Joel Cauchi at the Westfield shopping complex in Bondi Junction.

The apprentice was in the fast fashion outlet Zara on Saturday afternoon when he first saw Joel Cauchi, the 40-year-old, brandishing a knife as he went up the escalator.

Unbeknownst to Mr Bramble at the time, Cauchi had just stabbed about 18 people, killing six and injuring another 12 others, including a nine-month-old baby.

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Bondi Junction - Ryan Bramble (pictured middle) witnessed the moment when NSW Police Inspector Amy Scott shot dead mass murderer Joel Cauchi at the Westfield shopping complex in Bondi Junction.
Bondi Junction - Ryan Bramble (pictured middle) witnessed the moment when NSW Police Inspector Amy Scott shot dead mass murderer Joel Cauchi at the Westfield shopping complex in Bondi Junction. Credit: 7NEWS/supplied

Mr Bramble said Ms Scott then ran past and asked him where the 40-year-old had gone. Mr Bramble said he pointed before he began chasing after the armed assailant with the policewoman.

“We were getting closer and closer to him…. And then we got close to him, he stopped running, and he just turned around and looked at the cop,” said Mr Bramble.

“She said, ‘Drop the knife, drop the knife,’ and gave him a few chances. He didn’t drop it [the knife]; he just turned around and charged at us.

“And then she just shot him three times. It was hectic, full on.”

Mr Bramble said Ms Scott then kicked the knife away from Cauchi before performing CPR on the assailant, but there was no saving the knifeman.

“She [Ms Scott] did such a good job,” he said.

Mr Bramble said Ms Scott then kicked the knife away from Cauchi before performing CPR on the assailant, but there was no saving the gunman.
Mr Bramble said Ms Scott then kicked the knife away from Cauchi before performing CPR on the assailant, but there was no saving the gunman. Credit: frostyjohnsonofficial/tiktok/supplied

Amongst the identified victims are new mum Ash Good, artist Pikria Darchia, architect Jade Young, Westfield security guard Faraz Tahir and Dawn Singleton, the daughter of advertising executive John Singleton.

Oxford St remains closed to the public as police continue their investigation into the mass murder as tributes flowed to the victims.

People left flowers throughout the day at Oxford St mall, and a metal barrier was erected around the mass of bouquets of lilies, sunflowers, roses, violets and gerberas.

Tipp Saengsavang and her two daughters lay a bouquet of waratahs with her daughters on Sunday afternoon.

She said she lived in an apartment block near the Westfield shopping complex, and her daughters attended preschool on Oxford St Mall.

“It could have been any of us; I think it’s the vulnerability,” she said.

“I was actually meant to go to a store that day… We frequent it [the Westfield] every day, maybe two or three times a day.”

Maisy Fern, 28, said she felt unsafe after the attack and that Bondi Junction had been her home for the last four years after she moved to Australia from England.

“Bondi Junction, it’s always been a really safe place,” she said.

“Everyone says Australia is really safe, and I think it [attack] has really hit me because its [Bondi Junction] been my home away from home.

Dozens of members from Ahmadiyyat Muslim Jamaat, of which Tahir was a member, came to pay their respects.

Imam Kausur Sahib said Tahir, who was a refugee from Pakistan, had been active in the group and participated in charitable activities such as Clean Up Australia Day.

“We convey our sympathy with the families and those who have been left behind,” he said.

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