Canberra: A massive explosion was heard in Bay Street, Brighton, and specialist units are investigating the incident. Thirty or forty rounds of gunfire have been heard at the scene of the hostage situation.
Victoria Police have confirmed that they are attending a shooting and hostage situation in Brighton. The police force said: “Police are currently at the scene of a shooting and hostage situation in Brighton this evening.”
Police have not yet confirmed how many people are being held inside the apartments on the corner of Male Street and Bay Street.
Emergency services were called just after 4pm local time. Witnesses have said that they heard gunfire at the scene and police are telling people to get back.