Two Dead in Shooting Outside Sydney Police Headquarters

Two people have been killed in a shooting outside New South Wales (NSW) state police headquarters in Parramatta, western Sydney, according to Australian police. The incident is not thought to be terror-related.

NSW police confirmed the deaths and said in a statement that an investigation into the incident has been launched. The victims have not yet been identified, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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According to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, at least one gunman opened fire on a police IT worker on Friday afternoon, local time, outside the State Crime Command that houses some of the state's top detectives. Police said an officer then returned fire, and both the shooter and the officer died.

"It appears an officer has discharged his weapon, responding to a report that a person had been shot," NSW Police said in a statement. "Two people have died at the scene."

Vijay Dantu, who lives opposite the police building, told ABC news he heard multiple gunshots. "I was doing some work at my home and there's a gunshot and I thought it was a tyre puncture," Dantu said. "Then all of a sudden two more, two more shots came."

Reports suggest police had feared an attack for some time. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that police became aware of a plans for a possible attack on Parramatta headquarters 12 months ago. The building is home to the the homicide, drug, Middle Eastern organised crime and gangs squads.