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Brisbane Mall Siege: Gunman Held By Police
A gunman is in police custody after being shot with rubber bullets during a stand-off with armed police at a busy Australian shopping centre.
Witnesses said the man was carried into an ambulance, covered in blood.
The siege started in Brisbane's Queen Street Mall during late morning on Friday as shoppers and officers workers filled the pedestrianised area.
Streets and shops were evacuated as police cars blocked off entrance points.
One witness named as Olivia said she was having a meal when three men - apparently police in plain clothes - confronted another man nearby.
"The guy ripped off his shirt and pulled out a gun and pointed it at them," she said.
"The other three men who looked like plain clothes police pulled out their guns and screamed at the man to get down on the ground.
"They kept screaming 'Get on the ground, get on the ground' but he ignored them and kept walking around."
She said people started running away and the officers told people to take refuge in nearby shops.
A short time later they began ushering people away from the scene.
Another witness, Georgia Date, said she saw a man running though the mall, but could not be sure he was carrying a gun.
"This guy was running around and the cops were all chasing him," she told the Australian Associated Press.
"The cops were yelling 'get out of the mall'. So we just bolted."
Thousands of onlookers watched the police operation, with the special emergency response team called in along with sniffer dogs.
Tactical response officers were heavily armed with rifles and shotguns. The man is said to have non-life-threatening injuries.
The state of Queensland's Premier, Campbell Newman, tweeted: "Well done to the Qld police for resolving the incident in the Queen St Mall safely for the public."
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