‘HEROES’ TRIED TO STOP HIM

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - ANEEKA SIMONIS AND STEPHEN DRILL

HEROIC Mel­bur­ni­ans used a shop­ping 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 Street yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, wit­ness footage shows.

A man wear­ing a black shirt pushes a shop­ping trol­ley at the at­tacker forc­ing him to re­treat to the other side of the road as po­lice fol­low him.

He then fol­lows him across the street and pushes the trol­ley at him again.

A sec­ond man wear­ing a navy suit jacket and black pants then con­fronts the man with a chair raised above his head. And a third man, wear­ing a red-checked shirt, comes in from an­other di­rec­tion car­ry­ing the base of a traf­fic cone as a po­lice of­fi­cer fires one shot in the man’s ch­est, caus­ing him to fall to the ground.

The man car­ry­ing the traf­fic cone said the at­tacker, who was dressed in flow­ing robes, had “crazy eyes”.

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