Melbourne MFB Commander Graeme O’Sullivan was metres from the site of today’s terror attack in Barcelona, just seven months after witnessing similar scenes in his home town back in Australia.
O’Sullivan was a first responder to scene where six people were killed and at least 30 wounded in Melbourne’s CBD in January when a car was driven into pedestrians around 1.30pm.
This morning, while on holidays with his wife in Barcelona, he was at a restaurant bar when he heard “a rumbling sound”.
“I heard a rumbling sound to begin with, then a distinct thud sound of the vehicle hitting pedestrians and some pretty horrific screams,” O’Sullivan told the Herald Sun.
His hotel went into lockdown, but could see the accused killer’s van “with heavy damage to the front”, before shots started to ring out.
Although the Bourke St tragedy was not terror-related, O’Sullivan the results and the horrific scenes were the same.
He was one of several Australian tourists caught up in the atrocity. One – Julia Monaco – was also staying in London in June during the London Bridge terror attack, and in Paris when a police officer was attacked by a man with a hammer.
“We are pretty adamant we are staying — we came here to see Barcelona and we’re not leaving until we see what we came to see,” she told the Herald Sun.
You can read more about their ordeal at the Herald Sun here.