Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

One dead after man sets vehicle set alight, stabs pedestrians in Melbourne

One dead after man sets vehicle set alight, stabs pedestrians in Melbourne

A MAN has been shot by police after allegedly stabbing three people, killing one of them, and attacking officers with a knife following a vehicle explosion in Melbourne's CBD.

A man has been shot by police after setting his vehicle on fire and stabbing several people in a mall in Melbourne's CBD this afternoon.

Police responded to the scene on Bourke Street after receiving reports of a auto on fire, Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton told reporters shortly after the incident.

"Three people have been stabbed, unfortunately one is deceased at the scene, two other victims are now in hospital", police Superintendent David Clayton told reporters at the scene.

Police told people to stay away from the area.

On Friday, Police Commissioner Graham Ashton said the suspect had moved to Australia from Somalia in the 1990s.

Videos from the scene showed officers arresting the man on the sidewalk immediately after he was shot.

Two survivors were rushed to hospital for treatment - one in a suspected critical condition.

As a truck blazed in the background, a man flailed a long knife at police officers, who backpedalled desperately.

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

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A Reuters witness said that the city centre was closed off by police and that dozens of officers were on patrol.

The unidentified man was shot by police after three people were stabbed, one fatally, on Friday afternoon.

The assailant had just stabbed three people and was trying to escape police at the time. He has been arrested and taken to hospital in a critical condition.

It has now been confirmed one person has died.

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

Authorities say they do not perceive any ongoing threat.

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

Another witness, Markel, told ABC Radio Melbourne he ran out of the store he was working in after hearing there was a fire and found himself next to an injured man.

This image made from video shows police on street corner after a shooting in Melbourne, Australia.

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