Melbourne attack: Man arrested after fire and stabbings

09 November, 2018, 10:03 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Car on fire after crashing into Melbourne's Bourke St Mall

Later, a man was arrested after he was shot at the scene and taken to a hospital under police guard in a critical condition.

Police initially responded to reports of a vehicle on fire at the corner of Bourke and Swanston streets.

He has been taken to hospital in a critical condition under police guard.

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

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

One person was believed to be in a critical condition in hospital suffering a neck injury, a statement from Ambulance Victoria said. Their genders, ages, and condition are not known.

The spokesperson confirmed that one person had died in the stabbing attacks and that the attacker was in hospital.

The exact circumstances are yet to be determined at this stage.

Speaking at the scene, Superintendent David Clayton said: "Police quickly responded to the incident".

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There were large spots of what appears to be blood near the figure, as were a pair of men's black lace-up shoes.

Dozens of police cars are on the scene with helicopters overhead.

The incident occurred on Bourke Street just outside the Target Centre, near the intersection of Swanston St.

A auto on fire near Target on Bourke Street.

"And then I heard one loud bang".

In multiple videos that surfaced, a man can be seen trying to stab two policemen who try to make several attempts to wrest the knife from the man.

Police are urging any witnesses to attend Melbourne West police station to provide a statement, while anyone with vision or photographs from the incident is being urged to upload footage to the Victoria Police Facebook site.

It comes as a trial continues into the horrifying rampage in Bourke St in January a year ago.

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