One Person Was Killed in a Stabbing Attack in Melbourne, Police Say

Aaron Brown
November 10, 2018

Police said the attacker's vehicle contained several barbecue gas cylinders in the back.

Officers were confronted near the burning vehicle by a man "brandishing a knife and threatening them" while passers-by called out that people had been stabbed, he said. He confirms that the offender has been shot and is under police guard. "Police are now at an incident on Bourke St in the CBD".

Two men shopping in the area told the ABC they saw a man throw what they thought to be a bomb into his auto.

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

"Because he was on his stomach, they turned him over to see if he's alright, he was still alive".

The unidentified man was shot by police after three people were stabbed, one fatally, on Friday afternoon.

Bystander Drew Hair said he was walking on Swanston Street when he heard an explosion.

Police are calling for witnesses to come forward.

Hair said the assailant was dressed in Islamic clothing and of African appearance and about six foot four inches tall.

A fight then began with local police challenging the man as one bystander used a shopping trolley in an attempt to end the stabbings.

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Ashton said the three victims, all men, and the suspect were transported to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

"It's so chaotic", witness Sarah told 2GB's sister station 3AW in Melbourne.

One witness said one of the stabbing victims, believed to be a man in his 60s who later died, was stabbed in the face, and that desperate efforts were made to save him.

One listener said he could see a white sheet over a body.

"They were around him trying to take the knife out of his hand-I'm pretty sure it was a kitchen knife", he said, according to Perth Now.

Police said officers "initially responded to a report of a vehicle on fire" in the city centre at around 4:20pm local time, as people began to leave work for the weekend.

The officers were immediately confronted by a man brandishing a knife and threatening them.

Clayton said that the public is still advised that the area remains closed as investigations are ongoing at the crime scene.

"Equally, those strangers, people who were by-standers who knew nobody involved, who stepped in without a moment's hesitation, to render support and assistance to the fearless members of the Victoria Police, they too are people whose qualities make all of us proud as well". "We will keep an open mind as to whether there is any link".

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