The hostage situation in Sydney, Australia, that ended with the death of the gunman and two of his hostages, according to police, began during a busy lunch rush on Monday afternoon local time and ended more than 16 hours later.
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The crisis in Lindt Chocolat Café eventually shut down the central business district of Sydney with a volley of gunshots and stun grenades.
Here's a breakdown of how the dramatic events unfolded in Australia:
Sunday, 5:45 p.m. ET: News of a situation reported by local media.
Sunday, 6:02 p.m. ET: New South Wales police force tweets about a "police operation" in Martin Place, a pedestrian mall in Sydney's central business district.
A police operation is underway in Martin Place, Sydney's CBD. People are advised to avoid the area.— NSW Police (@nswpolice) December 14, 2014
Hostages hold up a black flag in the window:
Before midnight ET on Monday, three men and two women flee the cafe. Watch the video.
Monday, 7:14 a.m. ET: Police release a map of the "exclusion zone."
10:03 a.m. ET: Two police stationed outside appear to be preparing for something. A small explosion is heard, presumably from inside the cafe and two police move forward immediately towards the entrance. Immediately six hostages emerge: a man in a white shirt runs straight ahead while the others turn left downhill and are escorted away by police.
10:13 a.m. ET: Another explosion or shot is heard but no action is taken by personnel, but they are visibly tense and standing ready.
10:14:23 a.m. ET: Loud gunshots heard as nearly a dozen police officers wait around the corner.
10:14:58 a.m. ET: Thirty seconds later, gun shots stop and alarms sound.
10:15 a.m. ET: Two officers exit with an older female hostage.
10:18 a.m. ET: Two officers exit carrying another female hostage.
10:19 a.m. ET: A group of at least 7 armed police officers in full protective gear are seen going in under the cover of "loud bangs," which Sydney's Channel 9 called stun grenades. Watch and listen to the dramatic 30-second video.
10:20 a.m. ET: One empty stretcher, five EMTs walk by.
10:22 a.m. ET: Two EMTs carry a male on a stretcher, followed by second and third individuals on stretchers.
10:44 a.m. ET: New South Wales police tweet that the siege is "over."
Sydney siege is over. More details to follow.— NSW Police (@nswpolice) December 15, 2014