THE PUBLIC has been urged to remain calm following confirmation of the identity of the Sydney Police shooter.
The New South Wales Police Commissioner fronted the media a short time ago, following Friday’s shocking incident, which saw a Police IT worker gunned down outside the force’s headquarters in Parramatta.
“We’re a long way from establishing a full picture of this young man,” Commissioner Andrew Scipione explains.
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“He is a 15-year-old boy. He is of Iraqi-Kurdi background and he was born in Iran.
“We are investigating every avenue as to why he did what he did. We believe his actions were politically motivated and therefore linked to terrorism.”
The Commissioner made a plea to the public to respond responsibly and not do anything drastic.
“We have communicated with the leadership of the Islamic communities and they have given us their full support,” he said.
“Please, this incident is upsetting and disturbing for everyone. But we’ve gotta be better than those who want to disrupt our lives.
“We’ve just gotta get on with our lives. It’s important we understand that.”
The Commissioner also praised the actions of Police who responded to the tragic death of one of their own.
He confirmed the victim, Curtis Cheng, was a 17-year veteran of the NSW Police Force, in the Finance Department.
“He was a much-loved man. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone have a bad word about Curtis and he will be missed.”