NATION Knifeman’s lethal rampage in street
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.