Sydney (CNN) -- [Breaking news update at 10:33 a.m.]
"A number of people have been hit," Australian state broadcaster ABC reported. ABC journalists said the siege appears to be over. "Certainly it's ended," an ABC journalist said.
The siege in Sydney's Martin Place appears to be over after authorities stormed the Lindt cafe.Source: AAP
THREE people are dead after police stormed a Sydney cafe overnight, ending a dramatic 16-hour siege in the city centre.
THE dead include the gunman in the Lindt cafe, self-styled Iranian cleric Man Haron Moris.
At about 2.10am on Tuesday a "confrontation" occurred between police and a man who had taken a number of people hostage inside the Lindt cafe at Martin Place in the CBD, NSW Police said in a statement.
Shots were fired.
A 50-year-old man was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.
Another man, 34, and a woman, 38, were also pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.
Four people were injured, including a woman with a gunshot wound to her shoulder and a male police officer, who suffered a non-life threatening wound to his face from gunshot pellets.
The crisis, which began about 10am (AEDT) on Monday at the popular Lindt cafe, escalated dramatically about 2am on Tuesday when five hostages ran from the cafe.
Minutes later, shots were fired and police stormed the premises. Paramedics quickly followed with stretchers and ambulances took the most seriously injured to hospitals around the city.
"Unbelievably overnight we have lost some of our own in an attack we would never thought we would see here in our city," Premier Mike Baird said at a press conference before 6am.