Bourke Street incident: fearless passer-by pushes trolley at attacker

Sergio Conner
November 9, 2018

Police shot a man who threatened officers with a knife and he is in a critical condition in hospital, Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton said.

He said: "Three people have been stabbed, unfortunately one of them is deceased at the scene".

They say there is no known link to terrorism at this stage but are "keeping an open mind".

Witnesses reported a loud explosion from a auto on a busy city center street.

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.

Witnesses told The Age they were shopping in the area when they saw a man throw what they believed to be a bomb into a auto before it exploded.

"Police are not looking for anyone further at this early stage", police said in a statement.

The man has been arrested and is under police guard in hospital. He was then shot by police.

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A vehicle was seen burning on the northern strip of Bourke Street near the Target store, and a man was shot by police after an alleged stabbing, according to the Age.

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

The body of a victim lay under a sheet on the street.

Victoria Police said that the attack in the Melbourne CBD is now being treated as a terrorism incident.

After putting out the fire in the auto, authorities found what Ashton described as "barbecue-style" bottles of gasoline inside the vehicle, which prompted authorities to call the bomb response unit to the scene.

'I heard a loud bang, I ran outside and saw everyone was running the other way, ' he told the Herald Sun. Witnesses then described that the police attempted to disarm the man with the help of two witnesses as the suspect kept lunging at them.

"In the midst of tragedy, you can find such pride in the work of by-standers to come to the aid of others", said Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

Warning sirens sounded after the attack and police sealed off the downtown area, usually busy with shoppers and diners on a Friday evening.

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