THIS IS VICTORIA
One dead, two injured Hero police shoot knife-wielding man Terror strikes Melbourne again
A KNIFE-WIELDING man who launched a deadly attack in Bourke St yesterday had links to known convicted terrorist plotters.
The man, of Somali heritage, stabbed one man to death and injured two others after his Holden Rodeo exploded in the CBD just after 4pm.
Police officers and bystanders tackled the man, who was known to the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO), as he lunged at them with a knife.
He was shot in the chest and died in hospital last night.
Officers were understood to be last night raiding the home of the man, who sources said was operating as a lone wolf.
Several gas cylinders were found in the exploded car, according to police sources.
Bourke St was thrown into chaos by the deadly peak-hour rampage, with hundreds of people fleeing the scene outside the Target Centre.
One of the bystanders who took on the man with the base of a traffic cone said “he had crazy eyes”.
The two injured victims were being treated after being stabbed in the upper body.
The identity of the man who died from stab wounds had not been released at the time of going to press.
Terrifying video footage of the incident showed the bearded man with a shaved head swinging a knife at police before he was shot by one of the officers.
“The cops were backing off but he kept coming at them,” a witness told News Corp.
Two bystanders stepped in to try to stop the knifeman, one using a shopping trolley as a weapon.
Terrified observers were yelling “shoot him, shoot him”.
Witness Christian, who was in a nearby bookstore, said he heard a loud noise and saw police chasing a man.
“I heard a loud bang, I ran outside and saw everyone was running the other way,” Christian said.
“I saw a man covered in blood and also saw officers chasing someone.”
News Corp understands police were last night looking into any associations the man may have had in a bid to determine if he was operating alone.
Heavily armed police flooded the area in the minutes after the attack.
The terror public service system sirens sounded in the CBD, the first time they have been used for an actual incident. They sounded before 6pm and urged anyone with information about the incident to contact police.
Emergency text messages were sent to people in the CBD area stating: “Victoria Police is responding to an incident at the corner of Bourke and Swanston streets. Avoid the area.”
Officers were initially called to reports of a car fire near Bourke St, close to where accused killer James Gargasoulas allegedly killed six people and injured dozens more in January last year.
“Nearby police quickly responded to the incident,” Superintendent David Clayton said yesterday.
“As they got out of the car they were confronted by a male who was brandishing a knife and threatening them.
“At the same time passerbys were calling out that members of the public had been stabbed.”
He said police shot the man in the chest and he was taken to hospital under police guard. The man later died.
“MFB have extinguished the car fire and the bomb unit are making sure the scene is safe,” Supt Clayton said.
“Police at this stage are not looking for any other offenders.”
Police said the Metropolitan Fire Brigade extinguished the car fire, and the bomb unit also checked the scene.
TENSE SECONDS: Police attempt to subdue a man, who had stabbed three people in central Melbourne, before shooting him. The man was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital in a critical condition, where he later died.