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Gunman opens fire at Indian eatery in Sydney, no casualties

Panic gripped Sydney after a gunman opened fire at an Indian restaurant at city's Harris Park.

world Updated: Aug 26, 2015 13:21 IST

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Panic gripped Sydney after a gunman opened fire at an Indian restaurant at city's Harris Park.

The incident occurred just before 9pm local time on Tuesday when customers and staff, numbering between 30 and 40, were inside Billu's Indian Eatery on Wigram Street.

The gunman fired a shot through the window of the restaurant. The bullet went through its front window and hit a shelf, local police said adding that nobody was injured in the incident.

The gunman, dressed in a blue tracksuit, was seen running south on Wigram Street after the incident.

"Just before 9pm (Tuesday), a single shot was fired into the Indian restaurant on Wigram Street, Harris Park", police said.

The were now seeking assistance of anyone who saw the man come forward, in particular a woman, who was nearly knocked to the ground by him near the pedestrian crossing on the Wigram Street.

Police said they believed the shot was fired by an offender who was on foot, adding, inquiries into the incident were continuing.

The latest incident is the second in this year when a gunman had fired shots in the area which is a hub of Indian restaurants and other Indian shops.

In April, diners were enjoying their lunch in Harris Park area, when after 2pm local time, a man walked outside and fired a volley of bullets. Sydney-based cardiologist Yadu Singh who is also a close friend of the restaurant's owner said, the incident has generated a great concern among the Indian businesses in the area.

"It is scary and police is probing the incident," Singh said.

First Published: Aug 26, 2015 09:06 IST