Knifeman who terrorised Sydney CBD restrained by public

Knifeman who terrorised Sydney CBD restrained by public

It was the selfless quick-thinking of several men who worked together to stop him that likely prevented further tragedy.

He can be heard shouting: "Shoot me, f--ing shoot me in the f--ing head, shoot me, I want to f--ing die". "Shoot me in the f***ing head".

The man is seen standing on a auto at one point.

The alleged knifeman was stopped by members of the public.

He praised those who had intervened in the "extremely risky and hostile" situation, saying their actions had helped capture the man.

Luke O'Shaughnessy and his brother Paul, who work nearby on King Street, heard screams from their window and immediately ran out to the street where they noticed blood on the ground.

Detective Superintendent Gavin Wood told reporters that they intervened in the face of "incredible danger". "We just (have) got to try to restrain this guy from doing any more", Mr O'Shaughnesy told 9News in the aftermath of the Sydney CBD rampage.

Bystander David Vaux told theSydney Morning Herald that he initially thought he had stepped onto the scene of a television series.

'He's definitely been detained. he's been taken away, ' the caller, Tom, said. The man was later restrained on the ground by several citizens, under a chair and a milk crate.

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"It was a matter of seconds, it all happened so fast". He didn't seem sound of mind at all. I think had a firefighting implement.

Police officials issued a statement a short time ago stating that the woman's body was discovered "inside a unit" on Clarence Street in Sydney at approximately 3:15pm this afternoon.

At least one person has been stabbed in a violent incident in Sydney's CBD. He said they had armed themselves with an axe and a crowbar. "These members of the public have jumped into this situation that was extremely hostile", Wood said."They have brought this person into custody and allowed us to do our job".

"To approach a person, with clear evidence of a stabbing, these people are heroes".

"These people, going about their day to day business, have jumped into a situation that's extremely risky".

"What we'll be alleging is he has attempted to stab multiple people, those attempts, thankfully, were unsuccessful".

One female patient with a single stab wound in her upper back is being taken to St Vincent's Hospital.

Police and ambulance officers are at the scene.

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