A critical incident investigation is underway after six people were fatally stabbed and police shot a man. By the time of writing, one female patient at the Royal North Shore Hospital was in intensive care, in a stable condition.

On 13 April, about 3.30pm, emergency services were called to Westfield Shopping Centre at Bondi Junction, following reports multiple people had been stabbed.

An officer attached to Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command attended and was allegedly confronted by a man armed with a knife. The man allegedly lunged at the officer before he was shot.

NSW Ambulance paramedics treated the man; however, he could not be revived and died at the scene. He has since been identified as a 40-year-old Queensland man.

Five other people who were in the centre died at the scene. They are yet to be formally identified.

Twelve others – including nine women, two men and a 9-month-old child – suffering stab wounds were treated by paramedics and taken to various Sydney hospitals.

A critical incident team comprised of detectives attached to the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad and the Central Metropolitan Region have established Strike Force Mcauley to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The investigation will also be subject to an independent review.