Seven people killed at Sydney’s Westfield Bondi Junction

Rhianna Mitchell and Remy Varga
The Nightly
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A police officer talks on their radio as a wounded man lies on the floor of Bondi Junction.
A police officer talks on their radio as a wounded man lies on the floor of Bondi Junction. Credit: Supplied/X

The mum of a nine-month-old baby is among the six people who were stabbed to death in a shocking attack at Sydney’s Westfield Bondi Junction.

Her baby was also injured and was taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital.

A man was reportedly running around the shopping centre armed with a large knife before being shot by a police officer.

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Police confirmed seven people had died, including the offender.

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb said police did not believe the male attacker held terrorist motivations or ideology.

The man was known to law enforcement.

“It’s not a terrorist incident,” Ms Webb said on Saturday night.

“We are confident that there is no ongoing risk.”

Ms Webb confirmed five women and one man had died in the attack. A nine-month-old baby is being treated for injuries in hospital.

Video seen by The Nightly showed a paramedic and a police officer attempting to revive two injured shoppers lying on the ground of a Chanel boutique, blood spattered across the marble floor.

Another video seen by The Nightly shows a man wearing a green and yellow jersey holding a large knife walking up an escalator.

At the top of the escalator, a man wearing a white shirt is seen holding san object as if to attack the assailant. The video then cuts to black.

NSW Police confirmed in a statement that a “critical incident” had commenced following the shooting of a male at Bondi Junction.

Paramedics wheel away an injured person.
Paramedics wheel away an injured person. Credit: 7NEWS/supplied

“Just before 4pm (Saturday 13 April 2024), emergency services were called to Westfield Bondi Junction following reports of multiple people stabbed,” the statement said. “People are urged to avoid the area.” “Inquiries are continuing in relation to the incident and there are no further details.”

Dozens of police cars and ambulances arrived on scene on Saturday afternoon while police helicopters circled overhead.

Video footage from evacuees shows shoppers running across the glass bridge connecting the mammoth shopping centre.

Witnesses posted on X that hundreds of shoppers were hiding in the back of the David Jones department store, which had pulled down its shutters after reports that a gunman was loose.

Waverley Council posted on X (formerly Twitter) that a police operation was underway in the area.

Police at the scene.
Police at the scene. Credit: Kym Aust-Howlett/X/supplied

“The centre is locked down amid reports of multiple stabbings. No further information is available at this stage. Please avoid any unnecessary travel to the Bondi Junction CBD.”

One witness wrote on X: “I don’t know what to say. The scale of this incident is insane.”

A police officer with an injured man.
A police officer with an injured man. Credit: supplied/supplied

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