Two people are reportedly dead and three more are reportedly in serious condition after heavily-armed police stormed the Lindt Cafe in Sydney this morning. Just before the raid, several more hostages fled the cafe, where they'd been held by a gunman—identified as Man Haron Monis, a self-proclaimed cleric—for more than 16 hours. Police have confirmed that the siege is now over, though they have not yet confirmed any casualties or injuries.
There are large groups of people emerging from the building. They all look like emergency services.
There's one person on a stretcher, lying on their side.
At least four people have been wheeled out on trolleys, one appearing to be having CPR performed on them.
UPDATE 12:29 pm: The CBS is reporting that three people were treated for injuries at a Sydney hospital.
Australian special forces and police stormed the Lindt cafe in Sydney early Tuesday from two directions, and the hostage-taker was shot and killed, a national security source in the United States told CNN. There were at least nine people in the building at the time, the source said. The gunman was wearing a thick black vest and law enforcement was concerned it could contain explosives, the source said. An ordnance team cleared the building and checked the gunman, the source said. No information was given on whether any explosives were found.
3 bursts of gunfire. First was long - maybe 10-15seconds. One wounded person carried from building. Lots of smoke. #sydneysiege— Helen Davidson (@heldavidson) December 15, 2014