Thursday, June 09


Outrage As People Hurt By Things, Film At 11

So, a knife-wielding madman was shot by police at the local shops today.

I live fairly close by so I had news helicopters hovering overhead for an hour - for several minutes, directly overhead.

No-one killed, but three bystanders injured apparently by ricochets or bullet fragments.  Which is causing the usual Twitter fuss on Twitter.  (Of course, the same police force was roundly criticised for not shooting the gunman in the hostage crisis in the Sydney CBD 18 months ago, and that time people did die.)

These are the same local shops where someone was murdered in public three months ago, the same ones that got clobbered by a tornado two and a half years ago.  Must have been built on an AIBG.

A mentally ill man who was shot by police at a busy shopping centre was granted day releasefrom a mental health facility, despite allegedly telling his nurses and doctors he wanted to kill police.

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1 Tim Blair says the cops were shooting low at the guy, and points out that doing that on pavement is a recipe for richochets.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Thursday, June 09 2016 11:57 PM (+rSRq)

2 Seems likely.  And in a busy environment like a shopping mall, there are no good options.

The entire thing was captured on video, with sound, from multiple angles, so unusually for this sort of event we will have unambiguous answers.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, June 10 2016 01:10 AM (PiXy!)

3 Blair also says the attacker shouted "Allahu Akbar". Imagine that!

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Friday, June 10 2016 02:38 AM (+rSRq)

4 Inconceivable! Islam is the religion of Peace!

Posted by: Mauser at Saturday, June 11 2016 11:29 AM (5Ktpu)

5 Apparently he's Catholic.  We're talking about a literal escaped mental patient here, so who knows what he was shouting.

I didn't know this before, but Hornsby Hospital is one of the largest psychiatric care facilities in Sydney.  That does explain a few things...

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, June 11 2016 02:16 PM (PiXy!)

6 Well, it's a good thing no one died.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Saturday, June 11 2016 02:50 PM (+rSRq)

7 Yep.

About the speculation that they were shooting low, that sounds like it was right.  Only three shots were fired, and at least two and possibly all three hit the target, but it it looks like one or two passed through, fragmented on the paving, and injured four bystanders.  (The news article says three, but there was a fourth who didn't need treatment.)

But if they'd aimed higher and missed, they could easily have killed one of those bystanders, so they probably made the right call.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Saturday, June 11 2016 11:17 PM (PiXy!)

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