Gun Shooting in Melbourne

It was a quarter past nine in the morning when we arrived at Flinders street station this morning for work. Something was different today. There seemed to be less bustle and hustle in the city this morning. There was also the sound of helicopters nearby as we made our way to the office along Flinders Lane.

When I got in, my officemate joked, “be sure to hide your gun under the desk, mate.” I didn’t get it so I just smiled back. Another officemate soon arrived and he talked about the cordoned-off streets nearby and the choppers.

I was curious now so I asked about the copters. They then told me that there was a gun shooting incident two blocks from our office around an hour before. Three got shot with one fatality and the gunman was still at large! I couldn’t believe it. A shooting so close to work. We could’ve even passed by the shooter on the street and we wouldn’t know it. Even more incredible was that the supposed gun used at the shooting was later recovered in a building site a block from our office.

As I’m writing this, the police apparently has a good idea on who did the shooting and is now hunting him down. For more details on the story, you can read The Age article titled One dead, gunman at large after city shooting.

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Published in: on June 18, 2007 at 8:40 pm  Comments (4)  

4 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Linda:

    Yeah, it was shocking to us at the time. But not too shocking. I guess I’m just a bit desensitised from the violence surrounding us in the Philippines when I still lived there.

    Jennie:

    Whoa. I should go read those comments. Thanks.

    Jhustin:

    I don’t think this kind of violence happens very often in Melbourne so there’s no need to worry. I think it’s much more dangerous back in Manila and we don’t worry too much while there. 😉

  2. poor good samaritan. tsk. tsk. tsk. God bless Melbournians! ingat tayo sa byahe sa Melbourne Geejay and Raquel. takot ko lang sa train bombings. yikes. please no. pray pray pray!

  3. I felt so sorry for the man who died trying to help that woman out. Condolences goes out to his family. You should have checked out the Herald Sun website. The reader’s comments got really heated because some idiot said that he is willing to bet a $100K that the killer is not Australian but a foreigner.

    I wonder how stupid that person felt when the people released the person’s name and face to the media – Christopher Wayne Hudson. How Anglo, huh?

    Just goes to show that some people just don’t have any morals. :-w

  4. This really shocked me too. I used to work in a building right next to the Rialto – and I used to arrive for work just before 8.30am too. I could hardly believe it when I heard the news this morning. Just shocking. 😮


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