Friday, 16 November, 2018

Three stabbed in Australian city, terror not suspected

Cordon is in place around the burned out vehicle Cordon is in place around the burned out vehicle
Jeannette Daniel | 09 November, 2018, 17:23

A man was shot by police after setting his auto on fire and stabbing three people and killing one in the city's central business district.

He then started attacking people with a knife, stabbing two people, before he was shot by police.

The attacker was shot by police after confronting officers on a busy city street, authorities said.

Paramedics said they assessed three people at the scene, one with a neck injury: "They are in a suspected critical condition".

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

The area is cordoned off and people are asked to avoid the area.

One of them has succumbed to injuries, police said.

Two police officers arrive nearly instantly to find a blue utility vehicle ablaze, with flames shooting high into the air.

The man then produced a knife and lunged at the police officers.

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Officers said they were initially called to a vehicle fire around 4:20pm (AEDT). They said they heard screams and cries from the crowd before they were rushed from the area.

It's at this point, with the attacker slashing at the police, one of the officers has enough time and space to shoot him once in the chest.

Superintendent Clayton told reporters on the scene "there's no known link to terrorism at this stage".

Three people have been injured, according to Ambulance Victoria, while the man is in a critical condition and under police guard. "A third person has also been taken to hospital".

Victoria state premier Daniel Andrews said the attack was "an evil and terrifying thing that has happened in our city and state today".

Mr Ashton said security arrangements at Remembrance Day memorials and other public events scheduled over the weekend will be reassessed and it was likely police numbers there boosted.

Witnesses have described hearing a loud bang during the incident.

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

Victoria Police are urging any witnesses to the incident to attend Melbourne West Police station to give a statement, or alternatively upload any images or videos from the incident to the Victoria Police facebook page.

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