Man stabbed outside Myer cosmetics department in Westfield Parramatta

Parts of Westfield shopping centre closed after a fatal stabbing at Myer. Photo: Emma Partridge Parts of Westfield shopping centre were closed after a fatal stabbing outside Myer. Photo: Emma Partridge
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Myer at Westfield Parramatta is closed after a man was stabbed to death nearby. Photo: Emma Partridge

Police at the crime scene at Parramatta Westfield. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Police at the crime scene in Westfield Parramatta. Photo: Brendan Esposito

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A man has been stabbed to death in a frenzied attack in front of shoppers at the Westfield shopping centre at Parramatta in Sydney’s west.

Emergency crews were called to the cosmetics section in the Myer store at 10.30am on Monday following reports of an attack.

Police said a 33-year-old man was stabbed multiple times by a man he knew just outside the department store in front of workers and children on school holidays in what they police may have been a “domestic related” dispute between the pair.

Parramatta police’s acting Superintendent Jenny Scholz said the stabbing was not gang related and that it was an isolated incident between the two men.

“This was a targeted attack and Westfield’s security and police responded immediately,” she told media at a press conference on Monday afternoon.

“I understand here was a connection between the gentleman. We are trying to establish whether it was domestic related.”

Police arrested a 33-year-old outside the Aquila Shoes store shortly after the stabbing.

It is understood the man, who has yet to be charged, ripped off his shirt and lit a cigarette before officers turned up to take him into custody.

Shopping centre employees said they heard two women screaming: “He’s killing him! He’s killing him!”

Myer employee Bianca Zoratto-Ivanov said a friend of hers saw the stabbing close to the cosmetics section at the entrance of the store.

“He heard a scream, like a man yell,” she said. “He heard it again and then he heard two young women scream: ‘He’s killing him! He’s killing him!’

“That’s when he turned around and saw the incident was taking place. He saw the man facing the store and doing the stabbing motions.”

Ms Zoratto-Ivanov said she knew the employee at Aquila Shoes who had seen the offender drive a machete into the victim.

“The man had a big machete,” she said.

“He saw glimpses of it, but turned around as soon as he saw.

“It wasn’t in Myer, it was outside of Myer.”

She said a number of women from the cosmetics section of Myer also saw the bloody stabbing and they were heard screaming.

Police have established a crime scene and investigations into the circumstances of the man’s death are in the early stages.

Witnesses say there is a large police presence, with parts of the centre closed.

A witness told Macquarie Radio that a man started stabbing another man. He then lit a cigarette, took his shirt off and waited for police to arrive.

The man, who had a large tattoo across his back, was arrested a short time later, the witness said.

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