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One dead after knife-wielding attacker goes on rampage in Melbourne

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Police confirmed that they shot the suspect in the chest and that he is now in a critical condition under guard in hospital.

Emergency rescue personnel can be seen near the Bourke Street mall in central Melbourne, Australia. Picture: AAP/James Ross/via Reuters

Sydney/Melbourne – One person has been killed at the scene of a car incident in Melbourne where a knife-wielding man was shot by the police.

“Three people have stabbed and one was deceased at the scene. Two others are currently in hospital,” police superintendent David Clayton told reporters in Melbourne.

Police confirmed they shot the suspected attacker in the chest. He is now in a critical condition under guard in hospital.

“There are no known links to terrorism at this stage,” Clayton said, adding police are not looking for any other offenders.

Several people were stabbed in the Australian city of Melbourne on Friday and a man was arrested after an incident in the centre of the city crowded with pedestrians and shoppers.

“Police initially responded to a report of a car on fire … a man was arrested at the scene and has been taken to hospital under police guard in a critical condition,” Victoria state police said in a statement.

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

Further details are unclear however video posted to Twitter and broadcast on television showed a man repeatedly swinging an object at two police officers. One of the officers raises his weapon, a shot is heard and the man falls to the ground clutching his chest.

Victoria’s ambulance service said that three injured people were being treated at the scene. A Reuters witness said that the city centre was closed off by police and that dozens of officers were patrolling.

The street where the car caught fire was the scene in January 2017 of a fatal but not terror-related incident in which a man drove his car at pedestrians at high speed, killing six people and wounding about 30.

Reuters