Man stabbed to death in Mel­bourne at­tack

Otago Daily Times - - WORLD -

MEL­BOURNE: One per­son has been stabbed to death on a busy cen­tral Mel­bourne street where a knife­wield­ing man was left in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter be­ing shot by po­lice.

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

‘‘Three peo­ple have been stabbed. Un­for­tu­nately, one is de­ceased at the scene; two other vic­tims are cur­rently in hos­pi­tal,’’ po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent David Clay­ton told reporters at the scene.

Pho­tographs show a white sheet cov­er­ing a body, with a bare foot pro­trud­ing.

One wit­ness said a man was stabbed in the face.

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

‘‘[Of­fi­cers] were con­fronted by a male bran­dish­ing a knife and threat­en­ing them,’’ Supt Clay­ton said.

‘‘At the same time, passers­by were call­ing out that mem­bers of the pub­lic had been stabbed. Po­lice shot the male in the chest and he is now in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion un­der guard in hos­pi­tal.’’

Po­lice are not look­ing for any­one else.

‘‘There’s no known link to ter­ror­ism at this stage. We’ll keep an open mind as to whether there’s any link. It’s very early in the stages of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,’’ Supt Clay­ton said.

Po­lice ini­tially re­sponded to re­ports of a ve­hi­cle on fire at the cor­ner of Bourke and Swanston streets. The fire in the dual­cab 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 out al­ready; he was face down, pools of blood around his face,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m pretty sure he got stabbed in the face.

‘‘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 and about 1.93m tall.

‘‘The cops were try­ing to hit him with ba­tons and he wasn’t go­ing down.’’ — AAP

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