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Teenager, 17, shot in in broad daylight

A teenager has be shot in the shoulder during a shocking daylight shooting in western Sydney.

Emergency services were called to Clyde St in South Granville at 1.40pm on Sunday following reports of gunshots.

A 17-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder was taken from the scene to Auburn Hospital.

He was later transferred to Westmead Hospital, where he was in a stable condition.

“This is something that concerns us and we are trying at this stage to ask people, witnesses who may have seen something, to contact us because that will be our best way to stop all this,” Chief Inspector Adam Phillips said.

Police are investigating the public shooting and are calling for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers or 1800 333 000.

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Barnaby Joyce shot down by Emma Husar in fiery Q and A on sex and politics

It was an episode about respect for women. but as one viewer highlighted, Q&A panellist Barnaby Joyce managed to cut off his female counterparts 12 times in two minutes on the show.

“You can’t make this up,” the viewer exclaimed of Monday’s episode featuring a panel described as “lively” by host Hamish Macdonald.

It was so lively – if not downright fiery – that some viewers said they wanted to punch Mr Joyce, a Nationals MP who had a relationship with his former press secretary Vikki Campion.

One person concluded the show on the back of last week’s Four Corners national furore over sexual relationships in Canberra “would have been much better without Barnaby”.

At one point in the program when writer Jane Caro was speaking, former Labor MP Emma Husar interjected with, “Barnaby, be quiet!” to which Caro added, “It is my turn to talk” and the pair were met with resounding applause.

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It was one of several times Ms Husar shot down Mr Joyce on the show, taking a no holds barred approach.

Ms Husar, who was forced to resign from her federal western Sydney after sexual assault allegations and bullying and harassment claims from staff, started by saying what we’d seen play out over the last week showed women were held to a completely different set of standards to men.

She immediately highlighted Mr Joyce’s case and he wasn’t happy about it.

“Obviously Barnaby’s case as well, is that women will be judged by a different set of standards. They will be told to abide by a different set of rules than the men,” she said.

She said if the Liberal Party were saying that politicians such as Mr Joyce, Alan Tudge and Christian Porter were “meritorious selection, we’ve got a problem”.

Immigration Minister Alan Tudge was forced to apologise after confessing to an extramarital affair with former senior press secretary Rachelle Miller, while Attorney-General Christian Porter has denied claims he had done anything untoward with a staffer following last week’s Four Corners episode.

“It is galling to watch these mean continue in their jobs,” she said.

“Continue to go forward and to lead our country, when – you know, in Tudge’s case – he got caught with his pant’s down, Barnaby is the same. The jury is still out on Porter. Mine was all over innuendo. There was a man that was wielding that agenda because I’d fired him.

“A man who felt privileged, who felt like he was entitled to his job, even though he was underperforming, didn’t get his way in fair work, didn’t get his way when he tried to extort me, so went down the path of – you know, getting the media to be complicit in his actions, which – you know, has had lasting ramifications on my life. And I’ve not worked since. “

She said while she wasn’t wishing anything bad for those men, she was asking “what the hell is this?”

“We can’t put a woman out there and hang her out to dry on rumour and innuendo when we have got behaviour that is clearly outside at least some standard of basic integrity going on while we allow this to happen to a woman,” she said.

Mr Joyce went on to say he was “disappointed” in Ms Husar for what she said and he was not apologetic for what happened to her because it was what the Labor Party did that was appalling.

“I think she was treated incredibly poorly,” he said.

But Ms Husar shot back, “You didn‘t call that out at the time, Barnaby. I remember your party and the government of the day weaponising what I was going through. And making it worse.”

He said he was different to Ms Husar in that he accepted he did something that was wrong.

“I would say morally wrong, in that my marriage [was] breaking down, but that is not a judgment for another politician,” he said.

“If it’s illegal, it is a judgment for police. If it is something else, it is a judgment for priest or pastor … it’s not the job of another politician or a person who’s not the police or some sort of moral guidance counsellor to be in judgment of you.

“I’m not in judgment of you, Emma. I do find it a little bit galling that you open your sort of narration with one of the meritorious selection of myself because I most certainly never, ever did that to you.”

Mr Joyce said he didn’t want anybody flushed down the toilet like he or Ms Campion were and told Ms Husar to wait for him to finish his sentence, which soon prompted a tense back and forth.

“I don’t want Christian to be treated like that. I don’t want Alan to be treated like that, or any other human being to be treated like that, because it’s outrageous,” he said.

That led to a fiery exchange that played out like this:

Ms Husar: “You didn’t deserve to be treated in any other way. This comes down to o a question of integrity. That is a value judgment.

Mr Joyce: “Why do you say that I deserved to be treated like that? I don’t want to know why you or should or shouldn’t be treated like that. I think you shouldn’t.

Ms Husar: “We’re talking about something entirely different, Barnaby. In your case, it goes to the question of integrity. You went to your electorate with Natalie (his wife) and the girls on your corflutes,” she said in reference to his campaign signs.

Mr Joyce: “It didn’t.”

Ms Husar: “You campaigned on family values.”

Mr Joyce: “You’re wrong there. In the last election – Natalie and the girls who I love dearly, were not with me. You’re wrong. I’m quite disappointed, Emma. That you would say that I deserved to be. I’m out here …”

Ms Husar: “OK. You’re allowed to be disappointed. I’m disappointed in your behaviour. And it goes to a point of integrity, Barnaby. It is different. So, you and Alan and Christian Porter – there are people, witnesses, who have come forward. And they are investigated. There is absolutely no question of doubt that you have acted with – you know, maybe a lack of integrity or a lack of judgment. You were married at the time, you’re fine.”

Mr Joyce: “It is important that you use – point out exactly what you mean by that. Because, yes, I —

Ms Husar: “I will if you let me finish!”

Mr Joyce: “My marriage broke down. I want to know where your issue is with that?”

Macdonald then moved on to another panellist.

Caro went on to say there was a “boys’ club” in Canberra and men got away with their behaviour.

“This is the boys circling the wagon, this is how it works,” she said.

“This is how women who speak up are silenced. Woman watch it. And they shut up. That is why it goes on and goes on. The problem is with agency, is if you’re a young woman in any corporate or political situation and a man with power puts the hard word on you, I can tell you exactly what goes through your head. You don’t want to do it. But if you say, ‘I don’t want to do it’, he’s going to stop your pitch for the rest of your working life.

“You have to find a way to … Do that dance where you don’t do what he wants you to do but you help him to save face because otherwise you know he will punish you for what you do. And with this will not change. Until we have as many women in positions of power as we have men. As many mediocre women in positions of power as we have mediocre men. They don’t need to be exceptional. The men aren’t.”

Mr Joyce agreed women should call in the cavalry and take them to task but that men and women should not be told how to live and be free to choose who they liked.

“This is where I am way out of line with corporate Australia,” he said.

“If we do that – where do we stop?”

Caro said it was always the woman who ended up trashed, because most of the relationships didn’t work out, noting that Mr Joyce’s was an exception.

“Most don’t. Particularly in that situation. Then, unfortunately, it seems to be always the woman that pays the price.

“I’ve heard so often people say, ‘She’s going to ruin his career’. I’m yet to see many men whose careers have actually been ruined. I have sent a hell of a lot of women who have had to leave the country, get another job, whose whole working life and ambition has been ruined.”

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Man shot after allegedly firing at police

An hours-long siege at a rural property southwest of Brisbane has ended with a man being shot by police after he allegedly opening fired on officers.

Police attended the property on Kingsley Street, Walloon, to conduct a welfare check just before 3am on Sunday.

They attempted to find the man who they believed was in a shed by himself.

The man was armed and allegedly fired several shots at police, leading them to declare an emergency situation around 8.45am.

Specialist police were in attendance and had negotiated with the man for more than three hours.

Several streets around Walloon were locked down, including Haigslea Amberley Road, Bell Street, Kingsley Street, Kinmouth Street, Station Lane, Short Street and Stocks Lane.

Police later said the man had been shot after he fired at them again about 11.35am.

“The man was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital where he underwent surgery,” they said.

“The Ethical Standards Command is investigating with the assistance of the Crime and Corruption Commission.

“The emergency declaration was revoked this afternoon.”

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Proposed boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics shot down by AOC, prompting criticism from senator Rex Patrick

Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) president John Coates has been described by independent senator for South Australia Rex Patrick as holding “an antiquated and self-serving vision of international sport” in a scathing letter sent to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation Committee.

Senator Patrick is one of a number of politicians and activists calling for Australia not to attend the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022 over human rights abuses and concerns they could become unwilling participants in Chinese Communist Party propaganda.

“Mr Coates has chosen to go nuclear in response to my call for Australia to boycott the Winter Olympic Games’ scheduled to be held in Beijing in 2022,” Senator Patrick said in a letter addressed to committee chair Eric Abetz.

Senator Patrick has not only called for Australia to boycott the next Winter Olympics on human rights grounds, but has recommended changing the Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill 2020 to bring the autonomous AOC under its scope.

On Friday, Mr Coates, who is also a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), delivered a 24-page submission to the committee saying why the AOC does not support Senator Patrick’s call for a boycott.

“The AOC does not support a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games,” his letter said.

“The AOC also opposes any amendment that would subject its activities to the arrangements contemplated by the Bill, as this could have serious consequences for Australia’s participation in the Olympic Movement.

“Any proposal to bring the AOC within the ambit of the Bill would fetter its autonomy under the Olympic Charter and, in the eyes of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), could jeopardise its recognition as a National Olympic Committee (NOC).

“The potential consequences for the AOC, Australian athletes, and others could be significant and detrimental and include — athletes not being able to compete at upcoming Games under the Australian flag, including the Tokyo 2020 Games and Beijing Winter Games in 2022 and destroying Brisbane’s bid to host the Olympic Games in 2032.”

Rex Patrick speaks in the Senate.
Independent South Australian senator Rex Patrick has been one of the loudest voices calling for an Australian boycott.(ABC News: Tamara Penniket)

Senator Patrick writes in his letter that Mr Coates’s assertions “are very big claims that lack credibility”.

“Notwithstanding his position as an IOC vice president, Mr Coates can’t predict what the IOC response to a boycott will be,” he said.

In reference to the autonomy of the AOC the Senator said the autonomy of many National Olympic Committees was “questionable at best”.

“In particular, no-one would seriously suggest that the Chinese Olympic Committee is independent of Government influence when its membership is comprised entirely of Chinese Government officials and Chinese Communist Party members,” he wrote.

“Like all institutions in China, the Chinese Olympic Committee is totally controlled by the Communist regime which is directly responsible for gross human rights violations (including I might add political hostage taking and arbitrary detention of Australian citizens).

“If the IOC were serious about enforcing the provisions of the Olympic Charter, China would not be a member.”

IOC writing new human rights language into host cities’ contracts

The IOC has recently added a clause in to all host city contracts that demands Organising Committees to:

“Protect and respect human rights and ensure any violation of human rights is remedied in a manner consistent with international agreements, laws and regulations applicable in the Host Country and in a manner consistent with all internationally-recognised human rights standards and principles, including the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, applicable in the Host Country.”

The first Olympic Games subject to the new human rights clause will be Paris 2024.

The contract for Beijing 2022 was signed in 2015 before the changes were made.

The IOC has also committed to creating a human rights committee after a commissioned report from former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein and the Shift organisation.

Senator Patrick said “human rights must come ahead of sport”.

“The AOC president has a long history of jealously defending the AOC and the International Olympic Committee as institutions above and beyond political, moral influence or judgment,” Senator Patrick wrote.

“If Mr Coates’s overall position were to be accepted, one could only conclude that the Olympic Games and Australia’s participation in these events must exist in a complete moral vacuum.

“One might ask what scale of human rights violations would trigger any response from the IOC or the AOC.

“That may change with the introduction of human rights principles in the IOC’s Host City contracts for the 2024 Paris Summer Games and other Games thereafter.

“In a fast-changing world of international relations, those principles must be applied to the 2022 Beijing Games.

“Many countries fall short in respect of basic human rights, however the Chinese Communist regime’s violations are on such an enormous scale that they cannot be ignored, downplayed or whitewashed.”

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Pregnant woman shot during home invasion

A pregnant woman was shot in the leg and her partner hurt after three men tried to break into their Perth home.

The incident happened at Clarkson, in Perth’s northern suburbs, early on Saturday morning.

The three would-be burglars were wearing balaclavas and at least one was armed. When the woman, believed to be in her 20s, stepped outside, a struggle ensued and she was shot, The West Australian reported.

“A firearm was discharged, and the female was shot in the leg,” Joondalup Acting Detective Inspector Stephen Foley told the newspaper.

The woman was reported to be in a stable condition and received treatment at Royal Perth Hospital.

Her partner also received medical care for a hand injury, although it was unknown if it was sustained during the incident.

Police told The West Australian it was unclear whether or not there was a prior connection between the suspects and the victims.

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Man shot dead in Whittington

A man has died after a shooting in Geelong overnight.

Homicide Squad detectives remain at the scene in Whittington on Tuesday morning where forensics have been seen going in and out of a property throughout the night.

Police believe the shooting was not a random attack and the parties are known to one another.

Police were called to the house in Boundary Rd when paramedics responded to reports a man had been shot about 7.20pm on Monday.

Sergeant Julie-Anne Newman said the exact circumstances surrounding the incident were still being established and crime scene had been set up at the property.

“Detectives have a number of follow up enquiries to make in relation to those involved and at this early stage it’s believed the parties are known to one another,” she said.

Local police, detectives and specialist police, including the Dog Squad, were seen canvassing the area overnight.

No arrests have been made at this stage.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Should netball’s two-point super shot be brought back next year?

It might be the most controversial rule change the sport has ever implemented.

And now the regular Super Netball season is done, we can reflect on whether the super shot has actually been successful.

Fans are still divided on whether the new rule makes the game more exciting or whether it encourages a messier style of play.

It definitely keeps more games alive, with even 10-point margins easier to claw back if a team has got an accurate long-bomb shooter in their ranks.

But there is still a lot of debate about whether the excitement it generates is artificial, focusing too much attention on a goal attack with a hot hand, and discounting the work done by the rest of the six players on court during regular play.

The majority of fans seem to be against the idea of the super shot being brought back next year, but if it is, they argue that its shooting zone should better reflect what constitutes long-range over mid-range, by pushing the zone out closer to the circle edge, and actually justifying its two-point reward.


Have fans’ opinions changed?

The league is currently in the process of collating a range of data before they put forward their recommendation to the commission about whether it is used again in 2021.


Super Netball chief executive Chris Symington told the ABC its main objective was to try and grow the sport and its viewing audience; hopefully generating more fan engagement and commercial opportunities that would also boost player salaries.

Symington has recognised the outrage from players and fans back in June, when the league introduced the rule six weeks before the season started, despite their repeated objections to the idea in surveys done over a number of years.

But he believes the data they have collected this season — especially from social media — has shown a change in community views over time.

“We’ve been doing some social listening over Twitter in particular and the sentiment around the two-point shot has actually improved over the course of the year,” Symington says.

“Now we’re seeing a really even split around the commentary about whether it’s negative or positive and in some ways, we don’t mind that because it creates debate around the rule and some are for it, some are against it.

View from behind the goal at one end in a Super Netball game, as a player attempts a Super Shot.
Super Netball’s CEO says we’re now seeing an even split in the commentary around whether the rule is negative or positive.(AAP: Dan Peled)

Other key factors that will come under consideration include game data on the shot’s accuracy and impact in a game; the findings from stakeholder surveys that have recently been completed by players, coaches and high performance managers; and a comparison of the media coverage between the 2019 and 2020 season, to see whether the super shot generated extra exposure.

But the crucial question is whether the two-point shot has actually been able to engage new fans. And that is something Symington admits is harder to measure.

“Obviously the overall viewing metrics are key to us, but it is hard to drill down and see exactly whether the super shot has been the key to driving that,” he says.

“We have grown across all our platforms this year and once the grand final finishes, we’ll be doing some more in-depth research through Nielsen, which looks at fan engagement and how the rule has impacted fans behaviour.

“I think it’ll be a good opportunity to publish those and give people a view of some of the metrics we are looking at, the reasons behind why we brought it in in the first place and if we do continue with it, why we feel like it’s the best thing for the sport.”

What do the players think?

A Super Netballer passes the ball away from her body as opposition player reaches out to stop her.
Player’s Association vice-president Jo Weston says there’s still mixed reviews among the players.(AAP: Albert Perez)

As an Australian Diamond and the vice-president of the Player’s Association, Jo Weston was very clear about how she felt about the super shot before the season began, telling The Guardian: “There are only so many bells and whistles on a bike before it becomes a clown car.”

Now Weston has actually played with the rule for 14 rounds, the Melbourne Vixens defender told the ABC she’s still worried about the broader implications it could have on the sport, and whether it might open the floodgates for more gimmicks and alterations down the track.

“I think Netball Australia and Channel Nine have done a really good job of trying to drum up some interest in what was a pretty short turnaround,” she says.

Weston also sits on the Super Netball competition committee, as one of the representatives of the player’s voices.

Looking ahead, she thinks the super shot could even have a flow-on effect when it comes to player wages, and a disproportion of responsibility on court.

A netball goal shooter holds the ball over her head as she prepares to shoot over two defenders.
Some players have concerns that the league will keep the changes coming and the game will become unrecognisable.(AAP: Darren England)

“It’s probably worth noting that I do play defence on court, whereas I’m sure some shooters that have the capability to take long shots, love that it drums up their value in what they can potentially earn as a salary,” she says.

“They now have a skill that is worth more than any other position can bring to the court.”

“Most people on the competition committee don’t want the super shot period extended, because at least during the first ten minutes of each game, we are playing what it is considered the international standard of netball (bar the rolling subs and timeouts).

“But you can’t help but think it’ll be a bit detrimental to our pathways, if it ends up going down through those and for the Australian team too … for our shooters and their exposure on court.”

Did it make the games closer?

A Queensland Firebirds Super Netball player reaches out to catch the ball with both hands.
Game scores were slightly closer on comparison to last year, and the rule decreased the amount of draws.(AAP: Albert Perez)

We know the super shot is helping teams come back from deficits that probably would have decided a game earlier in traditional netball.

But did it actually reduce the margins between teams, to make the games closer overall this year?

The margins of each of last year’s regular season matches, totalled 479 goals — with an average margin of 8.6 goals per game.

The highest winning margin in 2019 was 25 goals (Fever vs Lightning, round 2) and there were also 12 draws in total.

This year, with the super shot in play, the margins for each of the regular season games came to 438 points — at an average of 7.8 points a game.

The highest winning margin in 2020 was slightly higher at 28 goals (Vixens vs Firebirds, round 2) but there were half the amount of draws this year (6).

So while the games were only slightly closer on an overall comparison to last season, it also decreased the number of draws.

The league was supposed to introduce an extra time rule to try and reduce the amount of draws it had this year.

But they had to abandon this idea in the interest of shorter turnarounds with mid-week games in the hub and a focus on player welfare.

So it raises the question as to whether the league would prefer 12 lots of extra-time finishes, or fewer draws with the super shot in play.

Who executed the super shot best?

The top three teams playing semi-finals this weekend are actually teams that used the super shot the least.

A team like the Giants embraced it wholeheartedly, scoring 68.73 per cent of their points in the super shot periods through two-pointers.

Part of this came down to English shooter Jo Harten’s knack for a long bomb, with the most super shot attempts and goals out of all the players in the league.

But the team that were able to use it with the most accuracy were the minor premiers, the Melbourne Vixens (59.85%), who used it more sparingly.

This tweet from Netball Scoop shows where each of the teams would have placed if their super shots were counted as singles (alongside their regular goals for the season).

Screenshot of a tweet outlining the Super Netball ladder if super shots were worth one point.
2020 Super Netball ladder order if super shots were worth one point.(Twitter: Netball Scoop)

As you can see, the order of the top four changes, but the outcome of who makes the semi-finals doesn’t.

So, what do the fans think?

While the final verdict will likely come down to viewership numbers (due to be released after the grand final) and whether the super shot has impacted the commercial growth of the game, fans’ opinions are important.

Here’s what some of them had to say on Twitter.






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Truckie shot twice during terrifying Lithgow, NSW, robbery

A truck driver is lucky to be alive after being dragged from his cabin while sleeping and shot west of Sydney.

The 42-year-old Western Australian man was sleeping in his vehicle by the side of the Great Western Highway at Mount Lambie near Lithgow on Tuesday when a group thugs broke into the cabin about 5am.

NSW Police said the driver was then robbed, assaulted and shot twice in the leg during the terrifying attack.

“The men assaulted the truck driver, dragged him from the vehicle and shot him twice in his right upper thigh and right foot,” police said in a statement.

“The group then stole personal items from the truck, before fleeing the area in other vehicles.”

The truck driver was treated by paramedics by the roadside before he was taken to Lithgow Hospital.

He was then flown to Westmead Hospital where he had surgery and remains in a stable condition.

Criminal Groups Squad Commander detective Superintendent Robert Critchlow said the driver was lucky to survive the brutal attack.

“The injuries this man sustained from the assault and the shooting were significant and given the location he was left in, he is lucky to be alive,” he said.

“Police are appealing for anyone in the community that may have been travelling along the Great Western Highway between 8pm on Monday and 5am on Tuesday, to please come forward.

“We are specifically seeking dashcam footage from any vehicles that were in the area at the time and may have vital information about those involved.”

Since the shooting police have established crime scenes on the Great Western Highway at Mount Lambie and at the intersection of Wallerawang and Rydal roads.

Officers have seized a number of items, including the vehicle that was towed for forensic examination.

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Criminal Groups Squad have since taken over the investigation under Strike Force Hathern.

Police said the investigation was continuing.

Anyone with information about or who may have dashcam footage from the area has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Man in custody after allegedly firing shot at hospital

A man has been taken into custody after allegedly firing a shot into the air at Kurri Kurri hospital, west of Newcastle, on Wednesday afternoon.

Police launched a large scale search using the Polair helicopter after the man allegedly shot a gun and fled into nearby bushland just after 12.15pm.

He was found just before 1.40pm and has been taken to Cessnock Police Station, where he is currently assisting police with their inquiries.

A firearm has also been seized by police.

The Kurri Kurri Hospital was placed into lockdown after the shots were fired.

A NSW Police spokeswoman told NCA NewsWire there is “no ongoing threat to the community”.

The Hunter New England Health District has been contacted for comment.

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Caller tells of moment man shot by police

A man allegedly armed with a “six-inch knife” has been shot by police at a shopping centre in Melbourne’s outer east.

Police were called to Lilydale Marketplace in Hutchinson St about 8.30am on Tuesday after reports of a man armed with a weapon.

“A police firearm was discharged and the man received an injury to the upper body,” a spokesman said.

A woman called 3AW radio just after 9am on Tuesday morning before multiple gunshots were heard ringing out over the call.

Caller Pauline said three police officers had their guns drawn outside Lilydale Marketplace and were yelling at the man to put the knife down.

She said police also had pepper spray drawn.

She said the man was wandering around the street allegedly holding a knife but did not appear to be waving it.

She said he refused to put the weapon down and after about five minutes two or three shots could be heard coming from the carpark of the shopping centre near the Caltex service station.

“Oh s**t they’re shooting,” a distressed Pauline said just seconds after gunshots could be heard in the background of her call.

“They’ve just shot. I can’t see if they’ve shot him … there’s just been three or four rounds … a lot of police are scurrying around now, not in any particular formation.”

Pauline mentioned an ambulance had moved in and officers had started to set up police tape when the call finished.

One local business owner, who did not want to be named, said the man looked calm as he interacted with police.

“There was a guy near the chemist and the medical centre with a knife, he seemed calm, lighting up cigarette after cigarette,” he told NCA Newswire.

The witness said the knife looked about six inches long.

He said it went on for about 15 to 20 minutes before the man walked over past the service station towards the high school.

“He was holding the knife up, it looked like he was waving it around, whether or not he was pointing it at himself, I’m not sure,” he said.

“The cops kept backing up, saying put the knife down, put the knife down.

“He started walking back towards the marketplace. At that point you could hear the police voices really getting raised, he went behind the service station and we couldn’t see him, but at that point we heard what sounded like three pops.

“That’s when the ambulance came in.

“He seemed quite calm, just had the knife the whole time and police were keeping their distance, it didn’t look like he was lunging at them in any way but in that last moment of 15 to 20 seconds I’m not sure what happened, that’s when we lost visual.

“To me he didn’t show any aggression towards the police, what he was saying I don’t know.”

Local cafe worker Vishal Vishal said a customer alerted him to the shooting just outside the shopping centre.

He said he saw an ambulance drive the man over to the school oval across the road where he was loaded into a helicopter and flown to hospital.

“There were three helicopters circling and heaps of police,” he said.

Ambulance Victoria said paramedics were called to the scene about 8.45am.

“A man, believed to be in a serious condition, is being treated for upper body injuries,” a spokesman said.

The man was put in an air ambulance, which left to transport him to hospital just after 10.15am.

Special operations police remain on scene with Hutchinson St blocked to traffic.

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