Melbourne Bourke Street incident: one dead, two injured after stabbing – live updates
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Melbourne Bourke Street incident: one dead, two injured after stabbing – live updates





The ABC reports witnesses saw the man throw some kind of object into the car that set it alight.

In a live cross during the 7pm news bulletin, the ABC said the man crashed the car, got out and threw the object into the car.





We have now published some footage of the incident today. It shows the car on fire, the man fighting with police, and the suspect being arrested.

Warning: Some viewers may find the footage distressing.


Melbourne CBD stabbings leave one dead and two passersby injured – video




The Victorian opposition leader, Matthew Guy, has offered his thanks to police.

Matthew Guy MP
(@MatthewGuyMP)

Please stay clear of the CBD until authorities conclude their investigations. Today, more than ever, we offer our thanks to Police and first responders for the unbelievable work they do for all of us.


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Helen Davidson

Will Mitchell said he was getting a haircut across the mall from Target when people began running past screaming.

“The hairdresser goes run, run, run, run and they run out of the shop and close the shop,” he said. “I went out to see what happened and there was a car on fire.

Street signs are seen during an incident on Bourke Street in Melbourne.

Street signs are seen during an incident on Bourke Street in Melbourne. Photograph: James Ross/AAP

“I was across the road and the car was on the opposite side of the road next to Target. I was just across the road, where the Starbucks coffee shop was, and I felt the heat from the car. All I saw was commotion and people running everywhere. Then I just stayed around and the police cordoned off the area.”

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Members of the public are being urged to upload any video of the attack to Victoria Police.

Victoria Police
(@VictoriaPolice)

If members of the public have images or video footage that may assist police with their investigation into the Bourke Street incident that occurred just after 4pm today, they are encouraged to upload them here → https://t.co/swUcgLVz23 pic.twitter.com/XD2ST6y6aT


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Here is Calla Wahlquist’s report on today’s attack.





Bourke Street has been closed by Vic Roads, for an indefinite period.

There is no access to Bourke St from Swanston St or Exhibition St. Russell St remains open to traffic. Bourke St will be re-opened when police investigations are complete.

People have been told to avoid the CBD tonight if they can.

Melissa Davey
(@MelissaLDavey)

6.15pm #BourkeSt @naamanzhou pic.twitter.com/09PyxmUZyV


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Clayton also shared more details of how the attack was subdued.

“Nearby police quickly responded to the incident [of a car on fire in Bourke Street],” he said.

A burnt out vehicle is seen in Bourke St.

A burnt out vehicle is seen in Bourke St. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

“As they got out of the car they were confronted by a male brandishing a knife and threatening them. 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.”

You can watch the full press conference below.

Victoria Police
(@VictoriaPolice)

We’re live with Superintendent David Clayton following an incident on Bourke St in the CBD this afternoon. https://t.co/OkzIPBVb3m


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No terrorism links at this stage

Police have said there are no known links to terrorism at this time.

“The investigation is ongoing, we are keeping an open mind,” Superintendent David Clayton said.

“There are no known links to terrorism at this stage. We are keeping an open mind”.

He added that police were not looking for any other attackers at this stage.

Superintendent David Clayton speaks to the media.

Superintendent David Clayton speaks to the media. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

The bomb response unit have cordoned off the area around the mall, and are “now making the scene safe”.

He said any witnesses or those with information should go to Melbourne West Police Station to make a statement.

He did not take any questions as it was “very early in the stage of the investigation.”

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One confirmed dead

Victoria Police confirm that one person has died at the scene.

Police tape seen on Bourke St.

Police tape seen on Bourke St. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Two others are currently in hospital, Superintendent David Clayton said in a press conference.

Police confirmed that they shot the suspected attacker in the chest. He is in a critical condition under guard in hospital.

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Melissa Davey

It’s so eerie. The onlookers have been cleared away and only media and police allowed to remain.

Bourke Street after it had been closed down.

Bourke Street after it had been closed down. Photograph: Melissa Davey for the Guardian

The loudspeakers in the city for mass incidents are being used and a warning message to avoid the area is blaring through the streets which are empty except for emergency cars, police and a media scrum.

We are waiting for a press conference to begin. It’s starting to drizzle with rain.

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Pictures from the incident, taken by press photographers, appear to show an injured man lying underneath a white sheet.

The severity of his injuries have not been confirmed.

We are still waiting on the police press conference.





Media are standing by for the press conference, which has not yet begun.





What we know so far

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The ABC have spoken to witness Meegan May:

“A couple of people on the trams were saying someone had a knife and when I got up and looked through the rear window, I could see a big ute on fire driving across the road,” she said.

The car on fire in the background.

The car on fire in the background. Photograph: @_sarah_sarah

Emergency works are seen on Swanston street in Melbourne’s CBD.

Emergency works are seen on Swanston street in Melbourne’s CBD. Photograph: James Ross/AAP

“It sort of came to a stop on the other side, and then I could see a man and two police sort of trying to calm him down. He was waving his arms around, someone was saying he had a knife – I couldn’t tell from where I was.

“And then not too long after that, I heard a loud bang that sounded a bit like a gunshot, nothing like an explosion, and then a person near me said they could see someone giving someone chest compressions, and an ambulance and 50 cop cars came out of nowhere not long after that.”

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Victoria Police will give a press conference at 5.45pm.





Christopher Knaus

I‘ve just spoken with Neil McKellar, who works in Hylands Bookshop on Bourke Street close to the scene.

Emergency works are seen on Bourke street in Melbourne’s CBD.

Emergency works are seen on Bourke street in Melbourne’s CBD. Photograph: James Ross/AAP

McKellar spoke of hearing a loud explosion and then gunshots. He’s just left his building and walked along Little Bourke Street nearby. He said the scene was restricted and police and emergency services were there in force.

The scene seemed to be under control.

“We heard the explosion, and we heard gunshots later,” McKellar said. “We’re in an ex-cinema in Bourke Street. We heard it but we didn’t know what it was.”

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Footage from the incident shows a man using a trolley to subdue the attacker. A warning that the footage contains the audio of a gunshot at the end.

windix
(@windix)

@abcmelbourne #bourkest source from wechat pic.twitter.com/PiHjr6UzJ1


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The man, whose identity is unclear, is being dubbed “Trolley Man” by some.

Other footage, sourced from the Chinese language social media app WeChat, shows the suspected attacker lying on the ground being handcuffed by police.

Meanwhile, police are expanding their lines.

Melissa Davey
(@MelissaLDavey)

Police are rapidly moving people away from Swanston St. Extending the police lines #BourkeSt


November 9, 2018

Melissa Davey
(@MelissaLDavey)

Alert system in affect also if someone can meet me at corner of Bourke and Swanston with a portable charger I’ll cry with happiness @naamanzhou pic.twitter.com/ewr72IndzP


November 9, 2018

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Vic Roads have urged people to avoid the area – especially Swanston Street and Bourke Street.

Policemen block members of the public from walking towards the Bourke Street mall in central Melbourne.

Policemen block members of the public from walking towards the Bourke Street mall in central Melbourne. Photograph: Sonali Paul/Reuters

People should also take care on Russell Street, Little Collins Street and Elizabeth Street and Little Bourke Street.

Trams are not running on Swanston or Bourke Streets in any direction.

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