Gunman shoots himself dead in Sydney factory siege

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 2016 Image copyright AP
Image caption Police surrounded the factory soon after the shooting started

A gunman who engaged police in an hours-long standoff at a Sydney factory has shot himself dead, say authorities.

His death came shortly after three people were seen leaving the building and entering a police vehicle. It has not been confirmed they were hostages.

The gunman had opened fire at the industrial unit on Monday morning, killing a man and injuring two others.

Police quickly surrounded the factory, located in the industrial suburb of Ingleburn in the city's southwest.

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

Authorities have named the gunman as Wayne Williams.

His motives and relationship to those in the factory remain unclear, but the Sydney Morning Herald said Williams was a member of a motorcycle gang and that the man who was shot dead was connected to another motorcycle club.

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Image caption Authorities say the gunman killed one man before shooting himself dead

The two injured men were transported to Liverpool Hospital and were in a stable condition, staff told the BBC.

One of the men underwent emergency surgery, while the second suffered superficial wounds to his lower body.

Reports from media at the scene said the man was believed to be using an automatic rifle.

Photographs show heavily armed police surrounding the Inline National Signage factory, and what appears to be a body underneath a white sheet on the sidewalk.

A man was arrested at the scene, but police said he was detained for "hindering" the investigation.