Australia police say they shot man who made stabbing gesture

Australia police say they shot man who made stabbing gesture

Officers said they "are not looking for anyone further at this early stage" and there was no immediate evidence of an ongoing threat related to the attack.

Mr Clayton said investigators did not believe there were any other assailants. The person is known to police. He was known to authorities because some of his family members were "persons of interest", Ashton said. A man has been shot by police after setting his auto on fire and stabbing several people in a mall in Melbourne's CBD this afternoon. He was taken into custody in a critical condition. Around thirty minutes later, the man succumbed to the gunshot wounds.

Police were called to an incident in Bourke Street, in the heart of Melbourne, after reports of smoke and a vehicle in flames at 4:20 p.m. local time.

Video posted to Twitter and broadcast on television showed the man swinging a knife at two police officers in the city's crowded downtown area, while a vehicle burned in the background.

"A four wheel drive, utility, drove into Bourke St between Russell St and Swanston St and parked there".

Three person were stabbed in the Melbourne CBD this afternoon and one person is dead, along with the knifeman.

Two people, apparently members of public - one with a shopping trolley - then come to the officers' aid.

One of them has succumbed to injuries, police said.

The police officers are being treated for cuts and scrapes and are not thought to be in a serious condition.

"This is an evil and terrifying thing that happened in our city and state today, and we condemn it", he said.

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According to the ABC, witnesses saw the man crash the auto, get out and throw an object into the vehicle that set it alight.

"I'm not in Melbourne now, we got out".

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

People also told local media that they saw police trying to calm down the attacker.

The exploded vehicle was inside a designated pedestrian area.

"I thought the auto was coming for us", Ms Krug said. "It then veered to the left ... and exploded in flames", the eyewitness said.

Last September, a hero threw a bicycle under a four-wheel drive to stop a 15-year-old driver from running down pedestrians on the morning of the AFL grand final.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack. A bomb response unit team remains at the scene. They were immediately attacked by the suspect wielding his knife.

Addressing the media, Superintendent David Clayton said that the man who attacked the people was shot in the chest and he is now critically injured.

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