NA­TION Knife­man’s lethal ram­page in street

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

ONE per­son was stabbed dead on a Mel­bourne street be­fore a knifewield­ing man was killed by po­lice.

The man shot by po­lice is un­der­stood to be known to ASIO and his links to known ter­ror plot­ters were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Two other peo­ple were in hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing stabbed in busy Bourke St yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

“Three peo­ple have been stabbed, un­for­tu­nately one is de­ceased at the scene, two oth­ers are in hos­pi­tal,” said Su­per­in­ten­dent David Clay­ton.

One wit­ness said a man stabbed in the face.

Footage from the scene shows a man swing­ing a knife at two uni- was formed of­fi­cers near a burn­ing car be­fore he was shot.

“( Of­fi­cers) were con­fronted by a male bran­dish­ing a knife,” Supt Clay­ton said. “Po­lice shot the male.”

Po­lice are not look­ing for any­one else in re­la­tion to the events.

“There’s no known link to ter­ror­ism at this stage. It’s very early in the stages of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Supt Clay­ton said.

Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria ear­lier con­firmed three peo­ple had been in­jured.

“One per­son has been taken to hos­pi­tal with a neck in­jury. They are in a sus­pected crit­i­cal con­di­tion,” they said.

“A sec­ond has been taken to hospi- tal with a head in­jury. A third per­son has also been taken to hos­pi­tal.”

Po­lice ini­tially re­sponded to re­ports of a ve­hi­cle on fire at the cor­ner of Bourke and Swanston streets. The dual cab Rodeo ute was quickly ex­tin­guished. Markel Vil­lasin, 22, was fin­ish­ing his shift at KFC in Bourke St as the drama un­folded.

“Me and the man­agers ran out and that’s when we saw the car on fire and then we saw the guy on the floor and we wanted to help, there were two blokes help­ing him al­ready. He was face down pools of blood around his face,” he said. “I re­ally wanted to help but I was in shock, I didn’t know what to do. Be­cause he was on his stom­ach, they turned him over to see if he’s all right, he was still alive.”

By­stander Drew Hair said he was walk­ing in Swanston St when he heard an ex­plo­sion. The next thing he saw was a “big dude punch­ing into the po­lice car”.

Mr Hair said the as­sailant was dressed in Is­lamic cloth­ing and of African ap­pear­ance.

“The cops were try­ing to hit him with ba­tons and he wasn’t go­ing down,” he said.

Mr Hair said two civil­ians be­came in­volved as well as two po­lice, try­ing to stop the man from his at­tack. Po­lice want to hear from wit­nesses to the event or cap­tured footage.

HOR­ROR SCENES: A screen­shot from a sup­plied video shows po­lice con­fronting a man in Bourke St and ( in­set) a car on fire in the mall and po­lice with a body.

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