Police close crime scene, hand shopping centre back to management

Police have closed the crime scene at the Bondi shopping centre and handed the building back to centre management following Saturday afternoon’s horrific mass stabbing that left six dead and many more injured.

The shopping centre owner Westfield said the complex in Sydney’s eastern suburbs will remain closed today.

The only people allowed in the complex today will be people who left their cars there during the emergency evacuation during Saturday afternoon’s attack that left six people dead.

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Police say they have closed the crime scene at the Bondi Junction shoppng centre. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) (AP)

It remains unclear when the shopping centre will reopen.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Karen Webb today gave an update on the investigation that is expected to take months.

“Multiple investigations are underway this morning. While a criminal investigation is not underway, a report will be prepared to the coroner and a critical incident investigation is underway into the use of deadly force,” she said.

Webb said hundreds of exhibits have been seized by police and will be now subject to forensic investigation over the coming days and weeks.

Detectives will also be interviewing family members of those who died.

Police continue to dig into the life of killer Joel Cauchi, 40, who embarked on a bloody rampage through the shopping centre on Saturday afternoon.

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Joel Cauchi, 40, was identified as the man who carried out a deadly stabbing spree at Westfield in Bondi. (Supplied)

He was shot dead by police inspector Amy Scott.

Cauchi moved to New South Wales from Queensland last month, police say.

Investigators have spoken to his family, and they are cooperating with police.

New South Wales Premier Chris Minns told Today this morning there would be a thorough inquiry into the deadly rampage.

”I want to make it clear that the inquiry won’t just be about the police response and it won’t just be limited to what happened on Saturday.

” I know that we need a complete understanding of the circumstances that led up to this violent attack on Saturday afternoon that will include anything we can glean from the New South Wales Government.”

Flags are flying at half mast around Australia for the victims of the Bondi shopping centre stabbing spree. (9News)

Minns also said he had been assured by the Queensland Premier of the state’s full cooperation in the investigation.

Police yesterday asked for any witnesses, or anybody with footage of the deadly stabbing spree, to contact investigators through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

  • Six people have been killed in a mass stabbing attack at Westfield shopping centre at Bondi Junction in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
  • The man, 40-year-old Joel Cauchi, was shot dead by NSW Police Inspector Amy Scott at the scene. Police do not believe he acted “with ideation”.
  • Twelve people were taken to hospital, though police said others may have presented independently with minor injuries.
  • Five women and one man were killed in the attack, which also left a dozen injured.
  • They include Faraz Tahir, 30, a refugee who started working as a security guard that day; Ashlee Good, 38, a mum whose baby was also stabbed; Dawn Singleton 25, a shop worker and daughter of businessman John Singleton, architect and mother-of-two Jade Young, 47, Chinese student Yixuan Cheng, 25, and Pikria Darchia, 55.
  • Three people – a woman, man and a nine-month-old baby girl – remain in a critical condition.
  • Eight others are stable and one woman has been discharged from hospital.
  • Details are emerging of heroic acts by shoppers who tried to help as the rampage unfolded.
  • Mobile phone footage shows crowds hiding in stairwells, with other shoppers saying they were evacuated to the roof and others cowered in shops.
  • The shopping centre will remain closed on Monday as police work through the crime scene.

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