One dead, two injured in stabbing rampage in Melbourne

Frederick Owens
November 9, 2018

Police shot a knife-wielding man Friday after he fatally stabbed one person and injured two others in the center of Australia's second-largest city. The journalist also said an emergency speaker system was warning people to avoid the area.

Police work at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne.

Unverified video online shows a vehicle on fire pulled over to the side of the street.

"As they got out of the auto they were quickly confronted by a male brandishing a knife and threatening them".

Two victims are in hospital, including one in a critical condition with a neck injury and another with a head injury.

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.

"Passers-by were calling out that members of the public had been stabbed", Supt Clayton said.

While police initially believed the incident wasn't terror related, the Herald Sun has since reported the man was known to ASIO.

Markel Villasin, 22, was finishing his shift at KFC on Bourke St as the drama unfolded.

The assailant had just stabbed three people and was trying to escape police at the time.

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A witness filmed the horrifying scenes as the attacker tried to thrust his knife towards police on Bourke Street. Though the erratic gunman demanded that police deliver him a Daesh flag at the outset of the crisis, there was no evidence he had established contact with the militant group.

The Victoria Police took to Twitter to update on the situation.

Police said there was no known link to terrorism.

He stabbed three people before being confronted by armed officers who eventually shot him in the chest.

"They are in a suspected critical condition", paramedics said.

Witnesses said the man began attacking pedestrians near a pickup truck apparently belonging to the attacker which had exploded into flames, according to news agency AFP.

Counter terrorism police have been notified and are investigating.

State police Superintendent David Clayton said police responded to reports of a burning vehicle.

"Police were still in the auto and the attacker came out to attack the police".

Memories remain fresh of a fatal but not terror-related attack on the same street previous year, in which a man drove his auto at pedestrians at high speed, killing six people and wounding about 30.

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