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1 dead in Melbourne stabbing; man attacked cops before being shot

1 dead in Melbourne stabbing; man attacked cops before being shot

One person has been killed on a central Melbourne street where a knife wielding man was left in a critical condition after being shot by police.

The suspected attacker was shot by the police and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton told reporters there are no know links to terrorism.

Three people were stabbed in the incident and authorities have confirmed one of those victims has died.

Ambulance Victoria said the attacker was taken to hospital in a critical condition with a chest injury, another with a head injury, and a third with an unknown injury. Condition not yet known.

Police shoot a man lunging at them with a knife on Melbourne's Bourke Street.

The area is cordoned off and people are asked to avoid the area.

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Images from the scene show a large white sheet covering a section of the road near what appears to be blood.

Police say it is yet to be determined if the incident is terror-related.

In multiple videos that surfaced, a man can be seen trying to stab two policemen who try to make several attempts to wrest the knife from the man.

"Me and the managers ran out and that's when we saw the vehicle on fire and then we saw the guy on the floor and we wanted to help, there were two blokes helping him out already, he was face down pools of blood around his face", he told AAP.

"There was a massive flame and bang, just smoke and lots of people", witness Shelley Reid told Nine News.

"Police are now at an incident on Bourke St in the CBD".

Police are urging any witnesses to attend Melbourne West police station to provide a statement, while anyone with vision or photographs from the incident is being urged to upload footage to the Victoria Police Facebook site.


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