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A CRAZED gunman who shot three brothers and held three bystanders hostage for six hours killed himself last night in the bloody final act of a feud believed to be over a sign.
Wayne Williams had opened fire on the Bassal brothers at 10.45am at Ingleburn’s Inline National Signage and Property Services after police believe they went to the business to complain about a sign they had ordered.
Father-of-one Michael “Mick” Bassal — who was friends online with Rebels bikies president Alex Vella — died on the grass verge outside the business. His two brothers were taken to Liverpool hospital, where one required emergency surgery.
Police today charged a man and woman who were led from the building by police at the height of the siege.
The 52-year-old man, reported to be Williams’ father Peter, was charged with discharge firearm in a public place and conceal serious indictable offence.
He has been refused bail to appear at Campbelltown Local Court today.
Tonna was so traumatised she could barely walk as police helped her from the warehouse, where three bystanders were taken hostage.
Police believe she knew Williams, who had connections with the Finks bikies gang and who could be heard yelling at police negotiators for hours.
Detectives were last night piecing together the dispute that led to Williams opening fire with a high-powered rifle but one line of inquiry was that the brothers were unhappy with sign work.
During the siege heavily armed police armed with assault rifles surrounded the business and evacuated nearby premises.
At one point Detective Inspector Mark Brett said that the situation had reached a “delicate stage”.
The three terrified hostages were freed from their hiding places just after 5pm by police in “bear cat” armoured truck and reunited with anxious family members waiting in a nearby street. The men were checked by paramedics before they were taken to Macquarie Fields police station to be interviewed about their ordeal.
Williams was found inside the property and was believed to have shot himself.
One worker told of his terror as he ushered his wife, who came to visit him at work, into an outside toilet as a volley of shots rang out. Machine operator Gurjinder Girn, who has worked at the Heald Rd site for five years, and his wife Navjot Kaur heard a man shouting, “Come out, come out, come out”.
They then heard six shots.
“Nothing like this has happened in front of my eyes with me or this company. It was very terrifying,” Mr Girn said.
“By chance we went outside to go to the bathroom.
“I know there were three other employees inside who were hiding from the gunman.”
The couple heard police arrive about 10 minutes after the shooting and they were soon escorted to safety.
Mark Callaghan, owner of nearby A & A Equipment in Shaw Rd, said he heard a commotion at the time. “I heard a woman hysterically screaming down the road. It was a muffled scream and I couldn’t understand the words,” he said.
Family and friends of Mr Bassal gathered at Liverpool Hospital last night to support his two injured brothers.
One of the men was critically injured while the other had superficial wounds.
AS IT HAPPENED
10.45am: Triple-0 emergency call reports three people shot at Inline National Signage and Property Services at the corner of Heald and Stennett Rds, Ingleburn. Neighbours report hearing up to five shots. Police find three people with gunshot wounds. One man dies at the scene. Two men are taken to Liverpool Hospital, one suffering superficial wounds and another with gunshot wounds to the lower part of the body. Police surround the printing company.
11-11.30am: Police set up a 1km exclusion zone and nearby companies are told to close their doors. Some go into lockdown while others evacuate.
11.25am: Police issue a warning to the public to avoid the area.
11:55am: Heavily armed tactical police can be seen with guns drawn at the door of the printing firm.
12.05pm: The $400,000 police “Bear Cat” armoured truck arrives at the rear of the premises.
12.25pm: Police confirm three people have been shot and one man is dead.
2pm: A man is arrested for “hindering police” near the scene.
2.30pm: Macquarie Fields crime manager Detective Inspector Mark Brett confirms the dead victim was 43 years old.
5pm: Armed tactical response police storm the building and free three hostages, who are taken to safety and attended to by paramedics. The gunman, 33, is found dead at the scene.
HOSTAGE WAS ON FIRST DAY OF HIS JOB
ONE of the three workers held hostage in yesterday’s deadly Ingleburn siege has revealed he was on the first day of his new job.
Seksane had only been at Inline Signage for a few hours when gunman Wayne Williams opened fire, killing Mick Bassal and wounding two of his brothers.
He was trapped in the building after armed police arrived to begin a lengthy standoff with Williams.
“I don’t know – I (was) still working,” he said, adding he was “pretty much okay”.
“That’s the first start to the job, today.”
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Three brothers were targeted in the shooting and subsequent siege at Inline National Signage, in an industrial complex, about 10:45am.
Wayne Williams, 33, shot at the trio when they arrived at the workshop and one of them, Michael Bassal, 43, was killed.
Mr Bassal’s two brothers, aged 41 and 34, were also shot with a semi-automatic weapon but survived.
Wayne Williams’s father Peter, 52, has been charged with discharging a firearm in a separate shooting earlier in the day.
He and a 30-year-old woman were charged with not assisting police with their enquiries.
The pair were taken out of the area by police by force early on in the investigation.
Police said they were investigating whether a business dispute led to the shooting and the siege that followed at Heald Road in Ingleburn.
A police spokeswoman said there had been ongoing tensions at the workshop all day which eventually led to the shooting.
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Officers said Mr Bassal was shot dead on the grass verge when he went to the premises with his two brothers.
The two brothers were taken to Liverpool Hospital and the 41-year-old brother had to undergo emergency surgery.
Police said the 34-year-old brother suffered only minor injuries.
Wayne Williams then held three male hostages for three hours as police worked to resolve the situation.
Officers managed to free the hostages about 5:00pm and found Wayne Williams’ body inside the property — he is thought to have shot himself.
A police spokeswoman said at this stage it did not look like the matter was related to outlaw motorcycle club conflicts.
But she said that some of the people involved were members of the clubs.
“It doesn’t look like anything to do with bikie gang wars, it looks like a business dispute at this stage,” she said.
Peter Williams was refused bail and will face Campbelltown Local Court today, while the woman was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at the same court on April 4.
Macquarie Fields Police Detective Inspector Mark Brett said on Monday they had yet to determine the motive of the alleged shooter.
Police said they did not believe the shooting was terrorism related.
Witnesses from nearby businesses said they heard five gunshots ring out.