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Police refuse to rule out terror connection after IT worker is gunned down in Sydney

David Kearns

Published 02/10/2015 | 15:24

Australian police sealed off streets on Friday and warned the public to keep away from the police headquarters after two people were shot dead Credit: David Gray (REUTERS)
Australian police sealed off streets on Friday and warned the public to keep away from the police headquarters after two people were shot dead Credit: David Gray (REUTERS)

Australian police have killed a lone gun man who fatally wounded an IT worker in a double shooting outside the state's police headquarters in western Sydney.

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New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said the victim was shot at close range with a handgun as he left work.

“I can tell you that this was a brutal crime, a terrible crime.”

“There's no way you can describe the feeling that comes with being told you have an officer that's been killed,” the commissioner added.

A police van blocks a street outside the New South Wales state police headquarters located in the Sydney Credit: David Gray (REUTERS)
A police van blocks a street outside the New South Wales state police headquarters located in the Sydney Credit: David Gray (REUTERS)

The assailant's identity and motive have not been determined and police said they could not rule out that the shooting was not terror-related.

Witnesses reported seeing an armed man in a black gown pacing and yelling outside the police headquarters shortly before a series of shots were heard.

The gunman opened fire on an IT worker outside the State Crime Command in Parramatta, which houses some of the state's top detectives, at 4:35pm on Friday, according to the Sydney Herald.

"It appears an officer has discharged his weapon, responding to a report that a person had been shot," a police spokesman said.

Police stand guard and inspect the area outside the New South Wales state police headquarters Credit: David Gray (REUTERS)
Police stand guard and inspect the area outside the New South Wales state police headquarters Credit: David Gray (REUTERS)

"Two people have died at the scene.”

Real estate agent Edwin Almeida told Sky News Australia he saw a man in a black gown pacing and waving a gun outside the police centre on Friday afternoon.

Mr Almeida said his frightened staff ran into their office and heard three to four gun shots.

“We looked out the window, saw security guards and what appeared to be a plain clothes police officer with gun drawn and pointing at the person that was now lying on the floor surrounded by a pool of blood.”

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