Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Terrifying moment police shoot knife-wielding man on Bourke Street

Terrifying moment police shoot knife-wielding man on Bourke Street

At least one person was killed and several others were left wounded on Friday in Melbourne, Australia, after reports of multiple stabbing "incident", according to Australian police.

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.

The suspect has been taken to hospital in a critical condition under police guard.

"Police are not looking for anyone further at this early stage", police said in a statement.

Police have since confirmed three people were stabbed, one fatally.

"A second person has been taken to hospital with a head injury". Their condition is not yet know.

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

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

The public has been urged to avoid the area, with hundreds of police officers and emergency services on scene.

Witnesses said the Holden Rodeo hit a pedestrian as it mounted the kerb and burst into flames outside Target near the Swanson Street intersection about 4.20pm on Friday.

Images from the scene show a large white sheet covering a section of the road near what appears to be blood.

Photo from the scene showed crowds of people behind police barriers. He confirms that the offender has been shot and is under police guard. They said they heard screams and cries from the crowd before they were rushed from the area. "People were running", he said.

Video taken by witnesses shows a vehicle on fire in the area and bystanders using a shopping trolley and chair to confront the attacker.

'Police response was swift and overwhelming.

SBS News has contacted Victoria Police for comment.

It comes as a trial continues into the horrifying rampage in Bourke St in January past year.

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