One dead after three stabbed in Bourke Street attack

One dead after three stabbed in Bourke Street attack

One dead after three stabbed in Bourke Street attack

A courageous bystander dubbed "Trolley Man" has been praised for his selfless actions in his attempt to halt a knife-wielding man who'd stabbed three people in Melbourne's Bourke Street.

Video taken by witnesses shows a vehicle on fire in the area and bystanders using a shopping trolley and chair to confront the attacker.

Three people were stabbed by the suspect, all of them men, police said.

The suspect has been "known to police mainly in respect to relatives he has that are certainly persons of interest to us", Ashton said.

Video from the scene showed a man swinging a knife at two police officers near a burning auto before he was shot.

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Bourke Street is now blocked between Swanston and Russell streets, and people are being advised to avoid the area. One witness said a man was stabbed in the face.

Police appear to fire a single shot at the man before he falls to the ground just as more onlookers attempt to encircle the man, one male brandishing what appears to be a hubcap and another with a shopping trolley. 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.

Police work at the crime scene following a stabbing incident in Melbourne.

Clayton said police had arrived at Bourke Street, a busy shopping thoroughfare, in response to a vehicle fire.

Video filmed from inside a nearby building shows the attacker going after two officers police officers in high-visibility clothing and trying to stab them. The man was shot in the chest by police and died of his injuries in hospital.

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"There's no known link to terrorism at this stage". He was taken into custody in a critical condition. "Unfortunately one is dead at the scene, two others are at hospital".

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews led the online praise of the officers and the passers-by who "came to the aid of complete strangers".

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack and authorities say they are investigating it as an act of terrorism.

"Anyone with information or who witnessed the incident is asked to go to Melbourne West Police Station to make a statement", a police statement said.

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