| 17.06,09. 03:47 PM |
Shots fired in Macca's siege
June 17, 2009 12:30pm
HEAVILY armed police are surrounding a McDonald's restaurant after an armed gunman stormed the building at breakfast-time today.
Police say a number of shots have been fired but no one is hurt.
"Staff and customers have been evacuated the offender remains inside,'' a police spokesman said.
Police responded to reports of an armed man inside the fast food restaurant just after 8am.
"Specialist police resources have been deployed to the scene and the Oxley Highway has been closed as a result,'' the spokesman said.
One man, who identified himself as Glen, told Fairfax Radio he was having breakfast at a table inside when the shooting began.
According to Glen, 20 to 30 people were inside at the time.
"I'd just ordered my meal, and I was finished eating my burger and was having a coffee reading the paper ... and the first thing that I was aware of was a shot, " he told Fairfax radio.
"What I actually thought it was, was a loud balloon going off, and I looked over the alcove with some other people and saw the guy standing there the gun pointing in the air.
"It was a small handgun, but I really just had a quick look, then like everybody else ... we just ran out the side.''
The man said he then decdied he had better stop anyone else from coming into the area until police arrived.
"I went outside, returned to my car and stopped the cars going into that whole service area,'' he said.
"Then when I realised that the police were there and they'd set up a perimeter, there was nothing I could do, so I left.''