Australian police 'surround mall amid gunman reports'

The Australian has reported the sound of gunshots at a shopping centre in the central business district of Brisbane, Australia.

The publication said an "altercation with a gunman" led to the evacuation of thousands of people from the mall.

According to the newspaper police had confirmed the man, believed to be in his 20s, was speaking to the police.

Chief Superintendent Mark Ainsworth said the man was acting by himself and had no hostages.