One person was stabbed to death and two others were injured on Friday by a man brandishing a knife in central Melbourne, Australian police said.
Victoria state police said officers shot the alleged assailant in the chest before arresting him and that he was in critical condition.
A police official told a televised news conference that the authorities are «keeping an open mind» about what motivated the attack, but confirmed there is «no known link to terrorism at this stage.»
The police said they responded to calls about a car on fire in the busy Bourke Street Mall shopping district at about 4:30 p.m. local time. Local television showed footage of a car on fire, but it was not immediately clear how the vehicle caught fire.
Bourke Street Mall, a shopping mall in the area, was the scene of another deadly attack on members of the public in 2017, when James Gargasoulas drove his car through the mall, deliberately hitting pedestrians and killing six people.
All — Kyodo News+