Watching the live news feeds of the Sydney siege, it soon became clear to me that a proper timeline of events leading up to the police raid needed to be done.
So the day after, I grabbed as many TV news feeds as I could. I then went through each of them in an attempt to work out when each critical incident occured.
I posted this on Twitter a few days ago, but I thought I’d write it here for a more permanent recording of it.
The times (seconds in particular) are slightly different (3-4 seconds) on each transmission feed, due to the various delays that occur in any live transmission.
2:04:00am - There is a sound of a gunshot, mentioned by a reporter on the scene. It can also be heard in one of the TV feeds. 2:04:02am - Seconds later, six people escape the cafe.
Not much really happens after that for about 7 minutes, until the reporters on the scene report hearing another gunshot.
2:11:16am - TV Presenter on 9 says there is news of “another bang”. It’s noted that it sounded very familair to the gunshot at 2:04:00am. 2:11:39am - Another hostage escapes. It’s likely that she’s a staff member.
2:14:21am - Cops start the assault on the cafe, breaching the doors and going in.
By my maths:
- 17 hostages to begin.
- 5 escaped that afternoon
- 6 escape at 2:04am
- 1 more escapes at 2:11:39.
That left 5 in the cafe when the police went in.
After the time of what is reported as the first gunshot at 2:04am - it’s 9 and a half minutes before the police are in the cafe.
- The shooting/explosions ended around 2:14:56am, about 35 seconds after the cops went in.
- Interestingly, at 2:17:14am - about 2 minutes after the first lot of shooting - there’s another round of explosions of some sort. It seems like many of the police outside weren’t expecting it, because they all duck/take cover pretty quickly.
- The times are taken as best I could from the transmission feeds of all the major networks - 24, Sky, 9 and 7.
- The News24 feed I used is exported from the transmission log, which has a timestamp burnt into the vision.