Sydney police confirmed early Tuesday the hostage situation in a downtown chocolate store is over.
Lindt Chocolat Cafe in downtown Sydney was sieged by a suspected Iranian-born gunman who had held an unknown number of hostages for more than 16 hours until a loud bang was heard from inside freeing hostages.
“A swarm of heavily armed police stormed a cafe in the heart of Sydney early Tuesday, ending a siege by an Iranian-born gunman who had held an unknown number of hostages for more than 16 hours,” according to KRIV-TV.
Further details have not been released, but local media and police did confirm 50-year-old Monis was the gunman.
As far as the hostages’ condition “A female was shot in the leg, a hospital official said, and earlier at least two people were wheeled out of the cafe on stretchers. A weeping woman was helped out by police,” said KRIV-TV
Monis has a criminal history dating back to 2002 when he was associated with the murder of his wife.
Pictures from the scene were captured and shared across the world via social media, take a look: