'Standover' man killed in shopping centre shooting
ONE person is dead and two others are injured after a shooting at a major shopping centre in Sydney.
A man and woman have been taken to Liverpool Hospital.
The shots were fired outside Bankstown Central Shopping Centre, which is in Sydney's southwest.
There were reports of eight shots fired in the carpark.
News.com.au said there are unconfirmed reports that the man who died was Walid Ahmad, a known standover man with a previous manslaughter conviction, according to The Australian.
It is believed Mr Ahmad is connected to the April 12 fatal shooting at smash repair business, A Team Body Work, where one man, Abdullah El Masri, was shot dead.
UPDATE: Man and woman taken to Liverpool Hospital, many are being treated for shock following shooting. https://t.co/EBCk8hDSHE— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) April 29, 2016
Police said that about 11.50am, officers from Bankstown Local Area Command were called to the car park of the shopping centre on Rickard Road, Bankstown.
Police arrived to find two men and a woman injured at the location; one of the men died at the scene.
The two injured people were treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics, before being taken to hospital. Their conditions are not yet known, police said.
A crime scene has been established, which will be examined by detectives and forensic specialists.
The shopping centre car park has been closed as a precaution.
Drivers were being urged to avoid the area for the time being due to traffic delays.
No arrests have been made at this stage.
A witness having coffee outside a nearby cafe said she heard the commotion and everybody got up and started walking away.
There are currently helicopters in the area.