Shocking new details on CBD shooting

Emergency services were called to a building on Castlereagh Street in the Sydney CBD, following reports of a person being shot. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles

The man who was shot in the groin at a Sydney CBD office has been identified.

Solicitor Van Cooney was allegedly shot at his offices Van Cooney Lawyers on Castlereagh St just before 1pm on Wednesday.

Police will allege the 79-year-old shooter got out of the lift carrying a bag with a sawn off M1 carbine semiautomatic rifle inside and holding a pistol.

He allegedly asked to see MrCooney, then shot the 77-year-old.

A man has been taken into custody following a shooting in Sydney’s CBD on Wednesday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles
The incident unfolded about 12.50pm. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles

The victim was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital for further treatment and remains in a stable condition.

NSW Police confirmed the alleged gunman was in custody.

Pictures taken from the scene reveal a handcuffed man waiting in a police car as officers swarm the area.

NSW Police Inspector David El Badawi confirmed the alleged shooter was not assisting with inquiries.

He said the offender had a small calibre, semiautomatic pistol, which had been confiscated.

Police attended the scene in about three minutes, after being notified of the incident just after 1pm.

Inspector El Badawi said they found the alleged offender held down by staff members at the premises before arresting him.

It is not yet known if the shooting was a targeted attack. NCA NewsWire / Gaye Gerard

Police also found another man, who worked at the building, suffering from a gunshot wound to his groin.

“The offender is also in his mid-70s and he is currently at Day St assisting police with their inquiries,” he told reporters.

Police are still investigating the relationship between the alleged shooter and the victim, and would not confirm whether the shooter also worked in the building.

At this stage, authorities have not revealed whether it was a targeted attack.

NSW Ambulance paramedic Dominic Wong said the injured man was not “actively bleeding” once ambulances arrived at the scene.

“I do believe there was first aid rendered by people in the premises,” he said.

Mr Wong added that the alleged shooter appeared to be uninjured, however he declined treatment from paramedics.

A man has been shot outside a Sydney CBD building. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles

Arabella Fennessy, 17, and Peniana Blair, 17, were at the scene after getting off a nearby bus.

They said they saw a contingent of ambulance and police cars entering 219 Castlereagh St, which houses the Consulate General of Greece and O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors.

Ms Blair said she saw an elderly man get wheeled out of the building in a stretcher, with police walking around the area, initially in bulletproof vests.

“A bunch of police officers were just running to their cars and pulling on their bullet vests,” she said.

“I’m really shocked. We didn’t expect this to happen.”

Ms Fennessy said she originally thought the incident was a car crash.

“I thought it would be more safe in Sydney. It’s the middle of the city, and a Wednesday. It’s really sad and scary.”

A man his since been arrested. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles
Members of the public are encouraged to avoid the area. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles

Two witnesses, Cassie Economides, and Rochelle Connell claim they saw a man in a dark shirt being chased by police down Castlereagh St and into the building, as they returned from work at around 1pm.

Ms Connell estimated more than 10 police cars arrive at the scene shortly after they saw police.

“We didn’t realise he was the one they were chasing until we saw him run into the building,” she said.

They said they didn’t see him leave the building.

A crime scene has been established. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles

There is no ongoing threat to the community.

The building is understood to house a number of law firms, including O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors and Princeton Lawyers as well as the Consulate General of Greece.

Staff inside the nearby Transport NSW headquarters on Elizabeth Street were reportedly told to remain indoors.

A crime scene has been established in the area.