Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Police blame lone wolf terrorist for deadly attack on Bourke Street

Faye Gross | 09 November, 2018, 16:36

Members of the public are being urged to avoid the area with several streets reportedly placed on lock-down.

He was shot by police and died shortly after arriving at hospital under police guard.

"There's no known link to terrorism at this stage", Clayton said.

Three people were stabbed in the incident and authorities have confirmed one of those victims has died.

Police were initially called to an incident in Bourke street, right in the heart of Melbourne, after reports of smoke and a auto in flames.

"I don't know what the police were doing, for a good two to three minutes they were trying to grab him, tackle him down when a lot of people were screaming".

Chilling footage uploaded to social media shows the suspect repeatedly swinging the weapon at two officers before one of them draws their firearm and opens fire.

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

A Melbourne-based reporter tweeted that nearby buildings were placed on lockdown by the police following the incident.

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Bourke Street is now blocked between Swanston and Russell streets, and people are being advised to avoid the area.

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

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

One of the officers then shot the man and he collapsed to the ground clutching his chest, the video showed.

A small number of people have been treated for stab wounds.

The incident occurred on a section of the busy street that is closed to traffic.

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

Members of the public who witnessed the event and wish to make a statement are asked to attend Melbourne West Police Station at 313 Spencer Street, Melbourne. And that the area has been cordoned off.

"Because he was on his stomach, they turned him over to see if he's all right, he was still alive", the witness, Markel Villasin, told Australian Associated Press. Most sat in three rows of chairs, before being called to one of six tables set up by police. Police response was swift and overwhelming.

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