Melbourne Stabbing Spree Leaves One Dead
MELBOURNE, Australia — The police shot a knife-wielding man in downtown Melbourne, Australia, on Friday, moments after he stabbed three people, killing one as well as also wounding two others.
Witnesses said the man emerged by a car, which then burst into flames, shortly after 4 p.m. He then began to attack pedestrians on Bourke Street, a busy shopping strip in Melbourne’s city center.
When officers arrived at the scene, they were confronted with the man brandishing a bloody knife. A video of the confrontation, which circulated on social media, shows a civilian bystander trying to help the police by repeatedly pushing a shopping cart at the man.
Officers ultimately shot the man from the chest as well as also arrested him. The man, whose identity has not been disclosed, was taken to the hospital as well as also was in critical condition, the police said.
There will be “no known link to terrorism at which stage,” Superintendent David Clayton said at a news conference shortly after the episode. He said the police were currently looking for any some other suspects, nevertheless which the investigation was in its “very early stages.”
“Someone screamed, ‘I think he carries a knife,’ as well as also I turned around as well as also saw the automobile on fire,” said Meegan May, who was a passenger on a tram which passed the scene of the attack.
The identities of the victims, including their ages as well as also genders, have not yet been released.
Knives are the weapon most commonly used in homicides in Australia, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, a government agency. In 2015, the most recent year by which comprehensive data will be available, 30 percent of all murders in Australia involved knives, as did 26 percent of attempted murders.
The incident occurred less than a year after an attack on the same street, in which a man barreled his car into a crowd, killing four pedestrians as well as also injuring at least 20 others. His trial will be underway which week from the Victorian Supreme Court.