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Want me to shoot you too? Gunman's question to passer-by

A father-of-four has spoken of the moment he believes he came face-to-face with the gunman currently holding people hostage in a Sydney café, before the siege began.

Craig Stoker told the Australian Daily Telegraph that he visited the Lindt café to buy a coffee on Monday and was walking down Phillip Street when the gunman apparently walked past him, bumping him with his bag.


"He was wearing a black T-shirt with white writing on it and a headband and carrying a blue bag," Mr Stoker told the newspaper.

The blue bag bumped into him, and Mr Stoker believes he felt "something hard in it".

Mr Stoker, from Eastlakes, said he told the man to "watch where you are f**king going," and said the man turned around and responded with: "Do you want me to shoot you, too?"

Mr Stoker said he was "pretty freaked out" by the incident, adding that he "looked into the man's eyes and they were crazy".

It was only some time later that Mr Stoker learned of the hostage situation inside the café in Martin Place.