Coast man caught up in Sydney shopping centre shooting
MARK Davis stopped on the way to visit his elderly mother in a Sydney nursing home to buy a Mother's Day gift.
That decision put him in the midst of the shooting that left one dead and two injured outside Bankstown Central Shopping Centre.
"I was in that exact spot (where the shooting occurred) about two minutes before," Mr Davis said.
"I was just getting ready to leave and the escalators stopped and security guards were running around all over the place."
The Sunshine Coast man had walked through the area where the shooting occurred about 11.50am before stepping onto an escalator 50m away to go down to the next floor.
He was almost at the bottom of an escalator when the machine stopped and police and security guards swarmed the area.
He didn't hear the shots being fired over the noise and music of the shopping centre.
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"There were a couple of screams and you just wondered if they were kids or something," Mr Davis said.
"I didn't' realise (what was going on) until the security guards were running up the escalators.
"It was surreal really.
"I suppose I'm feeling really fortunate that I wasn't there (at the top of the escalator)."
Mr Davis described the scene as security guards and police took control of the centre and directed hundreds of people away from the melee.
"Whatever process they'd had in place they just seemed to be following that process," he said.
"It just seemed really well ordered. They just seemed to know what they were doing, which really comforted me."
It took an hour and a half to get out of the car park as people streamed out of the centre, eager to get away from the shooting scene.
Afterwards Mr Davis stopped at an old friend's coffee shop and took stock as the reality of what happened hit home.
"It's put things into perspective," he said.