Local man counts himself lucky after Bondi Junction horror

A local man living in Australia and who was in the Westfield Bondi Junction shopping centre last Saturday, says he is ‘one of the lucky ones’ after six people were tragically stabbed to death by 40-year-old Joel Cauchi.

Conor O’Brien, the son of Ballindangan woman and local councillor Deirdre O’Brien, lives just five minutes from the shopping centre in Sydney, on the east coast of Australia. He was on his way to Starbucks on Saturday afternoon in the shopping centre, unaware of anything unusual, when a staff member from the Yves Saint Laurent shop grabbed him saying ‘Come in here, fast’, and locked the door. 

Mr O’Brien then heard police sirens and after a few minutes, three gunshots. This week, Conor expressed his sorrow for those who had lost their lives in the tragedy, counting himself as lucky. His female housemate, meanwhile, had witnessed one of the attacks directly in the Lululemon outlet.

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