One person is dead, two are injured after police shot a knife-wielding attacker in Melbourne’s CBD

  • One person is dead and two have been injured in a stabbing incident in Melbourne.
  • Police say they shot and critically injured the assailant after he attacked and stabbed a number of passers-by, killing one and injuring two others late on Friday afternoon in the centre of Australia’s second largest city.
  • Police spokesman Superintendent David Clayton has told reporters there are no known links to terrorism at this time.
  • Police were initially called to an incident in Bourke street, right in the heart of Melbourne, after reports of smoke and a car in flames.

Police in Melbourne say that they have shot a man after he attacked and stabbed a number of passers-by, killing one and injuring two others late on Friday afternoon in the centre of Australia’s second largest city.

Police spokesman Superintendent David Clayton has told reporters there are no known links to terrorism at this time.

Police were initially called to an incident in Bourke street, right in the heart of Melbourne, after reports of smoke and a car in flames.

“Nearby police quickly responded to the (initial) incident,” he said.

“As they got out of the car they were confronted by a male brandishing a knife and threatening them. At the same time, passers-by were calling out that members of the public had been stabbed.”

“Police shot the male in the chest and he is now in a critical condition under guard in hospital.”

One person is dead and two are in hospital, the police confirmed.

“The investigation is ongoing… there are no known links to terrorism at this stage. We are keeping an open mind”.

He added that police were not looking for any other attackers. And that the area has been cordoned off.

Clayton confirmed that police officers, clearly seen confronting a man in digital footage of the incident, are “okay.”

Police were initially called to an incident in Bourke street, right in the heart of Melbourne, after reports of smoke and a car in flames.

Unverified video online shows a car on fire pulled over to the side of the street. A man can be seen approaching two police officers with what appears to be a knife and attempts to stab them.

Police appear to fire a single shot at the man before he falls to the ground just as more onlookers attempt to encircle the man, one male brandishing what appears to be a hubcap and another with a shopping trolley.

“Police initially responded to a report of a car on fire near the corner of Swanston Street about 4:20pm (AEDT).

“It’s very early in the stages of the investigation.”

“Police are not looking for anyone further at this early stage.”

Earlier reports suggested a person had been taken to hospital with a neck injury, in a suspected critical condition, another with a head injury and a third with unknown injuries.

The incident has occurred in exactly the same street where the accused Bourke street driver, 28 year old James Gargasoulas, allegedly drove down pedestrians in a drug-induced psychosis during the lunchtime rush on January 20, 2017.

Witnesses to that tragedy were giving evidence in Melbourne today.

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