One dead after man sets vehicle set alight, stabs pedestrians in Melbourne

Pauline Gross
November 9, 2018

One person was killed and two others were injured in a rush-hour stabbing rampage in downtown Melbourne Friday, that saw police shoot a knife-wielding suspect near a burning vehicle.

Further details are unclear however video posted to Twitter and broadcast on television showed a man repeatedly swinging an object at two police officers.

The officers were seen trying for at least a minute to detain the man peaceably as his attacks on them continued before one office shot him with a weapon.

Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton confirmed the suspect had stabbed three people before lunging at police.

It's understood a third person has also been taken to hospital. The condition of the surviving pair is unknown.

Officers were initially called to reports of a auto fire near Bourke Street, a busy thoroughfare, at about 16:20 local time (05:20 GMT).

The incident took place at Bourke Street as reported by Victoria Police.

The man then follows the attacker as he continues down the street with police around him, once again pushing his trolley towards the group.

"Three people have been stabbed, unfortunately one is deceased at the scene, two other victims are now in hospital", police Superintendent David Clayton told reporters at the scene.

"There's no known link to terrorism at this stage", Clayton said.

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"This is Victoria Police, please evacuate the area".

The exact circumstances are yet to be determined at this stage.

The bomb squad has cordoned off the area.

Witness Fiona told 3AW her friends had seen someone with a knife in the area and she'd been told he'd stabbed a security guard.

Members of the public are being urged to avoid the area with several streets reportedly placed on lock-down.

The man allegedly set his vehicle on fire and stabbed a number of people this afternoon before being shot.

The incident occurred on Bourke Street just outside the Target Centre, near the intersection of Swanston St.

'Police response was swift and overwhelming.

"I really wanted to help but I was in shock, I didn't know what to do".

James Gargasoulas is accused of deliberately crashing into pedestrians, killing six and injuring 27 others.

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