Heroes acted in spite of danger
HEROIC Melburnians used a trolley, a chair and the base of a traffic cone to confront a knife-wielding attacker who had just stabbed three people.
Risking their lives, the passers-by leapt into action to help police who were trying to disarm the man in Bourke St yesterday, footage shows.
A man in a black k shirt pushes a trolley at the attacker, forcing him to run to the other side of f the road as police follow.
The man then follows and pushes the trolley at him again.
A second man in a navy jacket and black pants then confronts the man with a chair raised above his head (pictured).
And a third man, wearing a red-checked shirt, comes in from another direction carrying a traffic cone as police fire.
The man carrying the traffic cone said the attacker, who was dressed in flowing robes, had “crazy eyes”.
“The cops were (backing) off but he kept coming at them,” he said.
“He had crazy eyes. Everyone was running away and I ran toward him.”
Witness Piper Gilson said the scene was terrifying.
“We were probably 15m from the car, then all of sudden a loud bang, a loud ‘ bomb’ bang,” she said.
“We … could see the heatwave coming up, it started to smoke and roll and that’s when the flames really came up.
“The man who died, we saw him on the floor, holding his chest, covered in blood and the security guard, he had blood all over him and he was just walkin ing in shock.”
The Police Associat ation of Victoria pr praised police efforts un under extreme circu cumstances.
“We are proud of th the courage, poise an and selflessness of ou our members in Bo Bourke St this afterno noon,” it said in a statement las last night.
“They were all that stood between extreme danger and potentially more innocent victims. They did their job.”
The carnage happened as students from a nearby RMIT University building filmed the scenes and shared them via social media channel Wechat.
Pedestrians watched the horror unfold from a tram stop near the corner of Bourke and Swanston streets.
Last night one of the victims injured was named as Launceston man Rod Patterson.
Mr Patterson (pictured) was in hospital last night in a serious but stable condition.