| 17.06,09. 09:16 PM |
McDonald's siege ends peacefully
June 17, 2009 05:15pm
AN eight-hour siege at a McDonald's restaurant on the NSW mid-north coast has come to an end, with the gunman now in police custody.
Witnesses say the man walked into the restaurant at the Port Macquarie service centre just after 8am (AEST) today, then fired a number of shots into the air with his pistol.
Police surrounded the restaurant, on the corner of the Oxley and Pacific highways, before the man was taken into custody about 4.30pm (AEST), an ambulance spokesman told AAP.
There were 20 to 30 people in the restaurant when the armed man first entered the building, with one shocked worker telling the Nine Network "a bloke with a gun just walked in''.
Another told Nine the man had fired between six and 12 shots during the standoff.
One diner, who identified himself only as Glen, said he was having breakfast in an alcove of the McDonald's outlet when the first shot was fired.
"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,'' Glen 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.''