Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Melbourne knifeman shot dead after killing one person, injuring two others

Watch: Melbourne police shoots man on a stabbing spree Melbourne knifeman shot dead after killing one person, injuring two others
Melinda Barton | 09 November, 2018, 16:10

At least one person was killed and two others wounded in a rush hour stabbing incident in Melbourne's central business district, police said on Friday, 9 November.

"Police shot the male in the chest and he is now in a critical condition under guard in hospital", Superintendent David Clayton told media.

Police shot the man when they arrived at the scene and he was taken into custody but remains in a critical condition in hospital.

"From what we know of that individual, we are treating this as a terrorism incident", he said of the attacker.

Witnesses reported a loud explosion from a vehicle on a busy city center street. One witness said a man was stabbed in the face. One of the victims also died, while the two others were hospitalized.

Earlier, Ambulance Victoria said they had assessed three people at the scene.

Mr Ashton said when a marked police vehicle arrived at the scene, the attacker reached in and punched an officer through the window before pulling out the knife and engaging the officers.

The suspect has been shot and is alive, police say.

The area is cordoned off and people are asked to avoid the area.

Counter-terrorism police have been notified, and they are investigating, although there is no immediate indication the incident is terror related.

Just after 5.20pm (local time), a body was seen lying under a white sheet on Bourke Street, near the entrance to Russell Place. Witnesses then described that the police attempted to disarm the man with the help of two witnesses as the suspect kept lunging at them.

Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews said the attack was "an evil and terrifying thing that has happened in our city and state today".

A fearless bystander dubbed "Trolley Man" has been praised for his selfless actions in his attempt to halt a knife-wielding man who'd stabbed three people in Melbourne's Bourke Street.

More than 100 police have swarmed on the area.

Police are calling for any witnesses to contact the Melbourne West Police Station.