Active Shooter Incident at Bankstown Shopping Centre, Sydney

4 May , 2016

Just before midday on Friday April 29th, an active shooter incident took place on the roof level carpark at Bankstown Shopping Centre in southwest Sydney.

During the attack 8 shots were fired, killing one man and injuring two others - who have recieved treatment for non-life threatening gun-shot wounds to their legs.

The shooter and a second assailant fled the scene in a white Mercedes, which was found shortly afterwards, burnt out, in Greenacre.

Shopping Centre Management responded immediately, quickly evacuating shoppers from the danger area.

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Detective Superintendent David Eardley told news crews, "This isn't a random shooting. It was clearly targeted towards the man who died. And the information is this gunman did not act alone."

The man fatally shot in the attack, Mr Walid Ahmad, was known to Police as a crime figure and previously convicted killer. Police investigations are underway to apprehend the assailants and to establish whether there is a link to the recent shooting that occured at a nearby industrial estate in Cordell Park.

This incident is a timely reminder of the importance of being prepared for the potential threat situations that can happen at a workplace or place of mass gathering. Crime related shootings are just one type of unexpected threat incident that can occur anywhere and at any time. Friday's shooting attack is yet another example of the potential for innocent bystanders to become victims.

Although it is not commonly possible to anticipate or prevent these types of events, threat response preparedness can potentially save lives and prevent injury, providing a safer environment for employees, customers and visitors.

For more information on Workplace Threat Response Preparedness click here or contact our team.

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