Anzac Day celebrations have been transformed into a day of mourning after a gunman opened fire at an ANZAC Day parade in Sydney.
Key points:Anzac Day is a day commemorating the Australians who fought for their country during World War I.
It is also a day to remember those who died in the conflictThe gunman opened fires at the parade and police fired back.
The shooting happened in the heart of Sydney’s CBD on ANZACE, a celebration of Australian veterans.
Police say the gunman opened fired and killed four people.
“We are currently in the process of working with the coroner to determine the cause of death,” Sydney Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said.
“The deceased were in the parade.
We are investigating the circumstances of the incident.”
I would urge anyone who may have information that could assist with the investigation to come forward.
“The gunman has been identified as 27-year-old Anthony Linnell.
He was arrested on Friday afternoon.
The gunman was carrying an AR-15 rifle and a semi-automatic handgun.
His motive for the shooting is still unclear.
Police said he had been involved in a dispute with a group of teenagers in a public park, which led to the shooting.”
An individual who was in a verbal altercation with an individual of the same age and similar socio-economic background is believed to have fired shots at an area in the CBD,” police said in a statement.
Police are treating the shooting as a homicide.”
It’s extremely difficult to ascertain at this stage if there are any other victims,” Assistant Commissioner Stuart Scott said.
Police will investigate the gunman’s motives and whether he had any weapons with him.
The holiday is held every year on November 21.”
There will be a full coronial inquest into this incident,” Assistant Chief Commissioner Stewart said, referring to the coronial inquiry into the Sydney’s 2014 siege.”
This is the first incident of this nature we have seen in this period.
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