Hostage Situation Erupts In Sydney, Australia Cafe

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A gunman took an unknown number of people hostage inside a chocolate shop and cafe in Sydney, Australia Sunday night, Eastern Standard Time.

As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, video shows people with their hands in the air near the windows of the shop. It’s estimated there may be 10 staff and as many as 30 customers.

Two people inside the cafe were seen holding up a black flag with what appeared to be white Arabic writing on it.

Late Sunday, three people were seen running out of the building where the hostage situation is unfolding.

Police quickly closed off streets in the area and offices were evacuated. The public was told to stay away.

“We have not yet confirmed it is a terrorism-related event — we’re dealing with a hostage situation with an armed offender and we are dealing with it accordingly,” Scipione said.

Back in New York City, Adam, the bartender…

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