Wednesday 29 March 2017

Police storm Sydney office building following reports of gunman inside

The scene in Sydney's CBD where an office building was evacuated while a police search was carried out
Credit: Twitter/NSWPolice
The scene in Sydney's CBD where an office building was evacuated while a police search was carried out Credit: Twitter/NSWPolice

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Armed police raided offices in central Sydney today following reports that a gunman was inside the building.

Both Oxford Street and Wentworth Street were closed off just after 4.30pm and all workers were evacuated from their office while police carried out an extensive search of the building.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the police stormed the building after someone inside the building sent a text message to a friend saying there was a gunman loose in the building.

Police were unable to find anything despite searching the building for several hours.

At 7.30pm NSW Police tweeted that the operation at Darlinghurst had concluded.

A NSW Police spokeswoman told news.com.au that ambulances and firefighters who had been on stand-by were stood down just before 7pm.

She also said a considerable number of police resources had also been stood down.

A local resident who lives nearby told news.com.au said the area was “swarming with police” and the atmosphere was tense.

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