One dead, multiple injured in Melbourne stabbing

Lamar Ellis
November 10, 2018

Police said the scene had been cordoned off, and it was being "made safe" by a bomb response unit. The reason for the attack has yet to be confirmed.

Video posted to Twitter and broadcast on television showed the man swinging a knife at two police officers in the city's crowded downtown area, while a auto burned in the background.

Eyewitness said they first heard a loud explosion when the vehicle burst into flames but later saw the man attacking a few passerby.

Police officers who apprehended the suspect are being treated for cuts and scrapes and are not thought to be in a serious condition. It is unknown whether it came from the vehicle or was police gun fire.

He stabbed three people, one of whom died at the scene, before being shot by police.

"Me and the managers ran out and that's when we saw the vehicle on fire and then we saw the guy on the floor and we wanted to help, there were two blokes helping him out already, he was face down pools of blood around his face", he told AAP. In video of the incident, the suspect approached the officers baring a large knife, making several attempts to stab them before an officer shot him in the chest. "Two other victims are now in hospital".

Users on social media have reported hearing an "explosion", while vision of the incident has suggested a man attacked police with a knife, before seemingly being shot by an officer.

At the same time, passersby called out that members of the public had been stabbed.

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The man was shot after confronting police officers on a busy city street, authorities said. One of the injured was reportedly in suspected critical condition with a neck injury, while another had sustained a head injury.

The incident occurred between Swanson and Russell Streets along the pedestrian strip of Bourke Street mall around 4:20 p.m. local time, according eyewitnesses, in what has been described as a distressing scene.

"It's the center of Melbourne, where a lot of the transportation changes over ... it's probably the busiest part of Melbourne and late on a Friday", said Meegan May who witnessed part incident from a nearby tram.

He also said police don't think there's any "ongoing threat" to the public.

"I didn't know what was happening there was just so much chaos and screaming".

She said she saw two policemen trying to subdue a man as a vehicle burned.

Police told people to stay away from the area.

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