Police responded to the scene on Bourke Avenue after receiving stories of a automobile on fireplace, Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton informed reporters shortly after the incident.
The officers have been instantly confronted by a person brandishing a knife and threatening them. The suspect was shot within the chest by police, Clayton mentioned. He has since been transported to the hospital below police guard and is in a essential situation.
No different suspects are being sought. Clayton mentioned there isn’t a recognized hyperlink to terrorism, however burdened the investigation continues to be in its early phases.
The incident occurred in Melbourne’s Central Enterprise District on Friday afternoon when folks would have been leaving work. Photograph from the scene confirmed crowds of individuals behind police boundaries.
Witnesses mentioned they heard a giant bang and pictures appeared to indicate a automobile on fireplace.
“There was a large flame and bang, simply smoke and many folks,” witness Shelley Reid informed 9 Information.
Streets have been closed and trams halted whereas police attend the scene.