One dead in stabbing rampage in Melbourne

One dead in stabbing rampage in Melbourne

The attacker was detained after police shot him in the chest.

Police raced to the scene after a pick-up truck vehicle became engulfed in flames at 4:39pm local time.

While the vehicle was quickly extinguished, reports soon followed of a man wielding a knife on Bourke Street.

Police have since confirmed three people were stabbed, one fatally.

The officers then retreated to the other side of the road as the attacker, dressed in a long jacket and grey trousers, ominously pursued them as horrified bystanders called on police to shoot him.

Mr Hair said two civilians became involved as well as two police, trying to stop the man from his attack.

Videos shared on social media show a man attacking two police officers with an object, before he is subdued by police. The investigation is ongoing and we are keeping an open mind.

Witnesses said the Holden Rodeo hit a pedestrian as it mounted the kerb and burst into flames outside Target near the Swanson Street intersection about 4.20pm on Friday.

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

The other two are into the hospital including one suffering from a neck injury and is suspected to be in critical condition.

"Police are not looking for anyone further at this early stage", police said in a statement.

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It's understood a third person has also been taken to hospital.

"This is Victoria Police, please evacuate the area". Condition not yet known.

"He seemed to be waving something, people around me screamed that he had a knife, but I couldn't see clearly from where I was", a witness told ABC News.

Witnesses said they heard a big bang and images appeared to show a auto on fire.

"There's been an incident in the CBD near Bourke St", he tweeted. Police response was swift and overwhelming.

Streets were closed and trams halted while police attend the scene.

"And then I heard one loud bang".

Another witness said: "Big fire".

"I really wanted to help but I was in shock, I didn't know what to do".

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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