Tales Of Heroism Emerge From Bourke Street Terror Attack

Police shoot a man lunging at them with a knife on Melbourne’s Bourke Street. Source TwitterMore

A knife attack that left one dead and two others wounded Friday in Australia's second-largest city in the middle of rush hour is linked to terrorism, police said.

Police have since confirmed three people were stabbed, one fatally.

As the attacker pursues police across the street and they back away, the man recovers his trolley and follows.

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

"Incredible work by police in Melbourne but also bystanders - one using a trolley to try subdue the man", Cyndi Lavrencic said.

After repeatedly slashing at officers, he was shot. One of the injured was reportedly in suspected critical condition with a neck injury, while another had sustained a head injury.

In more footage, a man is seen lunging at police before he is shot.

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

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.

A tall man wearing a long black coat and holding a knife has already stabbed three people. Police shot the suspected attacker in the chest, leaving him in critical condition as he was taken to the hospital.

"He is someone who is accordingly known to Victoria Police and the federal intelligence agencies", he said.

"At the same time, passers-by were calling out that members of the public had been stabbed", Clayton told media in Melbourne.

Witnesses said they heard a big bang and images appeared to show a vehicle on fire.

In a series of tweets, Daniel Andrews, the premier of Victoria state, called the incident "an act of terror struck the heart of our city, in a place where past wounds have still not healed".

Clayton said investigators did not believe there were any other assailants.

"Then I heard a loud bang and someone said they could see someone doing chest compressions on someone as an ambulance started coming up the street as well".

While Suki Singh told SBS News he saw a "massive fire" with "police everywhere" near the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets.

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

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