Sydney siege gunman’s father charged

Tactical police officers position themselves outside a factory in an industrial area of Ingleburn, a suburb 40 kilometres (25 miles) southwest of Sydney, Monday, 7 March 2016Image copyright
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Police surrounded the factory soon after the shooting started

The father of a gunman who shot three brothers before turning the weapon on himself during a six-hour factory siege will face court in Sydney.

Michael Bassal, 43, was killed by Wayne Williams, 33, who later shot himself after taking hostages inside a sign-making business on Monday.

Police believe Williams shot Mr Bassal and his two brothers over a “business dispute”.

Williams’ 52-year-old father Peter Williams was charged on Tuesday with discharging a firearm in a public place.

The charge related to a separate incident that occurred on Monday morning.

Police also laid a charge of concealing a serious indictable offence against Peter Williams and a 30-year-old woman.

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A 7News screenshot of the siege at an industrial area in Ingleburn, Sydney

Their alleged links to the incident are not yet clear, but police told the BBC the matter was believed to have started as a business dispute.

Reports said that Michael Bassal was shot outside the building, while his brothers, aged 41 and 34, were shot inside.

The brothers were taken to Liverpool Hospital, where one required emergency surgery. Both are now in a stable condition.

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Photographs on Monday showed heavily armed police surrounding the signage business, and what appears to be a body underneath a white sheet on the sidewalk


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