Terrified bystanders bunker down
DUMPLING shop manager Ana Kostakos watched the ute rolling down the street, exploding multiple times “left, right and centre” as terrified staffers and customers hid inside.
She said she saw the man lunge at the police officers before they shot him in the chest.
“Police tried hard to beat him down with a baton but he wasn’t giving in. He wasn’t even running away, he was going towards them,” she said.
“There was a guy with the shopping trolley trying to help but everybody was running in all directions.
“The security (guard) from the building next door was also stabbed but I saw he was sitting up so we know he survived.”
The Bourke St eatery went into lockdown, with staffers and customers shut inside for more than two hours until police said they were free to go about 6.30pm.
One worker was left shaken after witnessing the incident, Ms Kostakos said: “One of my staff is traumatised, he’s just devastated.”