Taxi Driver On A Break Named As Darwin Shooting Victim
Hassan Baydoun, a 33-year-old taxi driver, was one of the victims killed by a lone gunman in Darwin last night.
Baydoun was shot dead inside the Palms Motel on McMinn Street near Darwin's city centre on Tuesday night.
He was a taxi driver and happened to be on his meal break inside one of the flats when the shooting broke out around 5.45 pm.
Baydoun's cousin Abdallah Salman told NT News that he was "smart, very friendly and never bothered anyone".
Baydoun was originally from Lebanon but had lived in Darwin for 10 years and graduated with a Master of Information Technology from Charles Darwin University.
He had been working as a taxi driver with the company Blue Taxi, who have released a statement addressing his death.
"Last night in a terrible unprecedented mass shooting, never before seen in our home town, Blue Taxis lose one of their long term Beloved [sic] drivers."
"This is not what our city stands for. Someone shot having a meal break while going about their own business."
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The company said they are "heartbroken" and they "pray that we never have to witness anything like this again."
The shooter, who is currently in the custody of Northern Territory police, killed four people and injured one person on the rampage with a pump-action shotgun.
Witnesses indicated the shooter was searching for a man called 'Alex', who police have identified and questioned.
The accused was released from jail just five months ago and was still wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet while he was carrying out the shootings.
The names of the three other victims are yet to be released.