Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Australian police say several people stabbed in Melbourne; man arrested

Australian police say several people stabbed in Melbourne; man arrested

Sydney/Melbourne - Several people were stabbed in the Australian city of Melbourne on Friday and a man was arrested after an incident in the centre of the city crowded with pedestrians and shoppers.

Police responded to the scene on Bourke Street after receiving reports of a auto on fire, Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton told reporters shortly after the incident. One of the victims later succumbed to the injuries, while two others are still receiving treatment.

Police are asking people to avoid the area and said more information would be given when it was available.

The suspected attacker was shot by the police and was taken to a hospital for treatment. We'll keep an open mind as to whether there's any link.

Melbourne resident Meegan May tweeted: "Chaos in Bourkest as a guy seems to have set his auto on fire then attacking police with a knife".

The incident took place at Bourke Street as reported by Victoria Police.

SBS News has contacted Victoria Police for comment.

The suspect has been arrested and is in hospital in a critical condition, under police guard.

The attacker reportedly torched his auto before the vehicle burst into flames.

The exact circumstances are yet to be determined at this stage.

Earlier, Ambulance Victoria said they had assessed three people at the scene.

Witness Fiona told 3AW her friends had seen someone with a knife in the area and she'd been told he'd stabbed a security guard. Police response was swift and overwhelming.

Her immediate thought was, "Oh no, not another Bourke Street incident", she said.

"I didn't know what was happening there was just so much chaos and screaming".

Police are asking members of the public to avoid the area.

It was brought under control within about five minutes, a Metropolitan Fire Brigade spokeswoman said.

"And then I heard one loud bang".

The apparent attack came as a 28-year-old James Gargasoulas underwent trial in Melbourne for driving into a crowd in the same area in 2017, killing six people.

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