Auto on fire after crashing into Melbourne's Bourke St Mall

Blanche Robertson
November 9, 2018

A man stabbed three people in the Australian city of Melbourne on Friday, killing one, before being shot and wounded by police, who said the attack was not believed to be terror-related.

The auto burst into flames near the corner of Swanston and Bourke streets about 4.20pm on Friday and while the vehicle was quickly extinguished, reports soon followed of a knife attack.

The man again attempted to stab and slash at the officers several times before one policeman unsuccessfully tried to taser him and his partner shot the assailant in the chest. He has been arrested and taken to hospital in a critical condition.

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

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

The bomb squad has cordoned off the area. Their genders, ages, and condition are not known.

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

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One of the victims has died, while the others have been taken to hospital. Large spots of what appears to be blood are near the body alongside a pair of men's black lace-up shoes.

"It's so chaotic", witness Sarah told Tom Elliott. They said they heard screams and cries from the crowd before they were rushed from the area.

Chilling footage uploaded to social media shows a man attacking police with a knife moments after the vehicle exploded. Police response was swift and overwhelming.

In more footage, a man is seen lunging at police before he is shot.

SBS News has contacted Victoria Police for comment.

A man from Neapoli Cafe in Russell Place told the Herald Sun that he heard a lot of bangs and others reported hearing loud explosions.

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