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

One dead after three stabbed in Bourke Street attack [videos]

One person has been killed on a central Melbourne street where a knife wielding man was left in a critical condition after being shot by police.

"A man was arrested at the scene and has been taken to hospital under police guard in a critical condition".

"There is no known links to terrorism at this stage we will keep an open mind as to whether there is any link".

The suspect is then shot by police and falls to the ground.

Three people have been assessed by paramedics at the scene, Ambulance Victoria said in a statement.

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

Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton said when police arrived at the scene they were confronted by a man brandishing a knife and threatening them.

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

Witnesses say they heard one bang or multiple bangs and gunshots in the area, which was subsequently put on lock down.


He lunged at passersby and police before being shot. Large spots of what appears to be blood are near the body alongside a pair of men's black lace-up shoes.

Photo from the scene showed crowds of people behind police barriers.

"It's so chaotic", witness Sarah told Tom Elliott.

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.

Another said they heard "what sounded like a bomb and gun shot".

A vehicle on fire near Target on Bourke Street. Police response was swift and overwhelming.

"People around me screamed that he had a knife but I couldn't see clearly from where I was", Meegan May said.

"I heard at least one gun shot initially".

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