Chaos in Melbourne: One dead, man with knife shot by police

Sergio Conner
November 9, 2018

One person was stabbed to death and two others wounded after they were attacked by a man in the centre of the Australian city of Melbourne on Friday, police said.

Dramatic footage captured from the scene shows officers try to apprehend the man following his stabbing attack.

Victoria state police Commissioner Graham Ashton said the suspect, who was originally from Somalia, was known to police and the incident is being treated as terrorism.

Footage from the scene show a man making stabbing gestures at two uniformed officers near a burning vehicle before he was shot.

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

One of them has succumbed to injuries, police said.

"A second person has been taken to hospital with a head injury".

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.

Counter-terror officers have swooped on the scene.

Police later said the vehicle from which the slain suspect, a Somali national, had emerged, contained gas cylinders and was on fire when they arrived.

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

Sky News Australia's Patrick Murrell said police had tried to "talk [the suspect] down and tried to use the Taser" before shooting him.

Superintendent David Clayton told the media at a press conference that "passersby were calling out that members of the public had been stabbed".

Clayton said investigators did not believe there were any other assailants.

Police shot the man in the chest and he is now in critical condition in hospital.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews led the online praise of the officers and the passers-by who "came to the aid of complete strangers".

"I kept watching", said witness Tony Nguyen, after what he described as a "car bomb".

A witness who gave his name as Markel told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio: "Bystanders were yelling out "just shoot him, just shoot him".

Anyone with information is being asked to make a statement at the West Melbourne Police Station.

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