Strict new controls over all firearms will be introduced in the Australian state of Queensland following a shooting horror in the capital.
Strict new controls over all firearms will be introduced in the Australian state of Queensland following a shooting horror in the capital. Brisbane on Wednesday (22 September). A man with a .22 pump action rifle terrorised lunch hour crowds, killing two teenage girls and injuring three other people. He then ran to an inner suburban house and held five student teachers hostage for three hours.
SYNOPSIS: The rampage started when a 16 year old clerk was gunned down as she walked from a Government departmental building to buy her lunch. The killer then ran down a main street, firing indiscriminately and injuring a man. He opened fire into a snack bar and killed an 18 year old customer, firing another bullet at close range into the head of a barber who'd run next door at the sound of rifle fire. However, the barber received only a superficial wound.
As police squads were called in, the gunman ran two kilometres to an inner suburb, bursting into the home of a group of students. There he held three 19 year old girls and a 22 year old man hostage while more than 60 armed police surrounded the house.
One of the girl hostages managed to escape by asking to go the toilet. Shortly after, the police moved in, firing three shotgun blasts. No-one was injured and the man then gave himself up to the police, and the three remaining hostages were freed. A man aged 36 was later charged with the murder of two girls and the attempted murder of for other people. He was also charged with possession of a .22 rifle with intent to commit a crime, and going armed in public to cause fear. Later Emergency Squad Chief Superintendent Mathieson spoke to reporters.