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Melbourne attack: One dead after deadly Bourke Street knife rampage

Melbourne attack: One dead after deadly Bourke Street knife rampage

As a truck blazed in the background, a man flailed a long knife at police officers, who backpedalled desperately.

It is not yet clear whether he deliberately set the vehicle on fire but Mr Ashton said the auto had been laden with gas cylinders.

A fearless passer-by used a trolley in an attempt to stop a man who attacked police on Bourke Street in Melbourne.

Witnesses reported a loud explosion from a auto on a busy city center street.

Police said they had initially responded to a vehicle on fire. He has since been transported to the hospital under police guard and is in a critical condition.

Police said they knew the identify of the suspect but declined to name him due to "operational reasons".

The officers were immediately confronted by a man brandishing a knife and threatening them.

"At the same time, passers-by were calling out that members of the public had been stabbed", Clayton told media in Melbourne.

Two other people have been injured amid reports of a shooting and stabbing in Bourke Street this afternoon. One of the victims also died and the two others were admitted to hospital.

He says the police did a "good job" in responding.

"Three people have been stabbed, unfortunately one of them is deceased at the scene", he said. He confirms that the offender has been shot and is under police guard.

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"A small number of people are being treated for stab wounds".

Local ambulatory authorities said three people were assessed at the scene, according to News.com.au.

One person has been taken to hospital with a neck injury in a suspected critical condition, one with a head injury and a third with unknown injuries.

A bystander tries to assist police by ramming a shopping trolley between police and the suspect.

An eyewitness said after the vehicle burst into flames, someone walked up to the alleged driver and was stabbed directly in the chest. The man, who was shot in the chest by police has died in hospital, police have said.

The Age is reporting the man was shot by police. The exact circumstances are yet to be determined at this stage.

The Bourke Street Mall, including Myer and David Jones stores, were evacuated shortly before 5.30pm.

A caller to ABC Radio Melbourne, Meegan, said she saw the incident from a tram.

In separate footage, the man can be seen circling a bin with three officers, repeatedly lunging at them and running after them.

"Then I heard a loud bang and someone said they could see someone doing chest compressions on someone as an ambulance started coming up the street as well".

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