Sydney man shot dead suffered 'paranoid delusions'
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THE man who attacked a Sydney florist outside Central station on Wednesday night was once a regular churchgoer who described himself as "nice and friendly".
Danukul Mokmool, 30, began attending a church popular with reformed criminals when he was released from prison in 2014.
Tony Hoang, who ran the church, told Fairfax that Mokmool had instances of having "structure" in his life during and at times was "doing well" - despite being plagued by delusions of "supernatural" things.
On his own Facebook page, Mokmool described himself as a peaceful man.
"I am nice and friendly. My looks might confuse you, but my heart is pure," a line from his Facebook profile said.
His half-brother said Mookmol was suffering paranoid delusions before he left their western Sydney home on Wednesday, reported the Daily Telegraph.
Sibling Charlie Huynh, 19, said Mr Mokmool had battled ice addiction and the law for many years.
"I'm pretty sure it's the things he's been taking, I'm not sure what he's been taking," Mr Huyhn told the Telegraph.
"Around the corner there's a metal pole that my dad uses for gardening ... He thought I was going to hit him with it. He was like 'why do you have this here do you ... Want to kill me or something?'"
He said his brother usually caught public transport to when he feels distressed or cycles the streets at night.
Florist Emmanuel Theoharis said the attacker was armed with up to four pairs of scissors and a broken bottle.
Police were undertaking a critical incident investigation following the attack at the Eddy Avenue Florist, outside Sydney's busy Central station, on Wednesday evening.
I was working with Dan through his addiction but there is so much you can do. My prayers are with the family— Tony Hoang (@mrthoang) July 27, 2017
Mr Theoharis, who has run the flower shop for 46 years, was sporting a 5cm-long cut on his neck as he got back to work on Thursday morning.
He told news.com.au he initially thought the harrowing attack was a joke.
"I was in my shop at 6.20pm, it was busy and he put his arm around my neck and said 'don't move, call the police' and I thought it was a friend until I saw there was a broken bottle on my neck," Mr Theoharis said.
"He was yelling and he pushed the bottle and now I have a few cuts here."
Mr Theoharis said the man also had four pairs of scissors.
"He had two in his belt and he was holding two," he said.
"The police came and told him to put them down and he wouldn't," the florist told news.com.au.
"He could have attacked the police or anybody. Police had to shoot him.
"When I came back I saw him lying on the floor."
Police trained to shoot to stop in these situations. Deceased's brother accepts that but wants to know why he was shot 4 times. https://t.co/wEkCcimwyF— Andrew Denney (@Andrew_Denney) July 27, 2017
Officers were called to the area just before 6.45pm after reports of an armed robbery at a florist near the station entrance.
"A man of Asian appearance has died following that confrontation with police," NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Walton said.
"That investigation will be subject to independent review."
It's unclear if anyone else was injured. The incident is not believed to be terrorism related.
Graphic video posted on social media filmed by an eyewitness shows two police officers with their guns drawn and aimed at a man inside a florist before someone yells "down".
The man appears to run from the florist towards police before four shots are fired at him.
"F***, f***," an onlooker can be heard screaming.
The man can then be seen lying lifeless on the ground as police come to his aid.
"Everybody move away," someone can be heard saying before the video ends.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.
If you or anyone you know needs help, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.