Heroes acted in spite of dan­ger

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - ANEEKA SIMONIS STEPHEN DRILL

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.

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