A gunman took an unknown number of people hostage inside a downtown Sydney chocolate shop and cafe at the height of Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe hold up a flag believed to contain an Islamic declaration of faith.
Sydney Muslim community leader Jamal Rifi, center, and his family members pray at a makeshift memorial after a siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his wife Margie prepare to place floral tributes near the cafe in central Sydney, December 16, 2014.
A woman kneels as she lays flowers in a makeshift memorial near the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe, Australia, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.
People lay flowers to pay respect to the shooting victims at a makeshift memorial at Martin Place in Sydney's Martin Place, Sydney Australia. Tuesday Dec. 16, 2014.