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

A police spokesman said that authorities are not looking for any other offender

A knife-wielding man has crashed a auto on Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall then set it on fire, allegedly stabbed three shoppers, killing one, before being shot by police.

Victoria Police responded to a major incident on Friday afternoon on Bourke Street in Melbourne, Australia.

In a statement police said a man was arrested at the scene and has been taken to hospital in critical condition.

"At the same time passers-by were pointing out that members of the public had been stabbed".

Police have since confirmed the man was shot in the chest and is in a critical condition.

Victoria Police said one person died at the scene and two people have been taken to hospital. The police offices were not injured.

The chaos started when 3AW was flooded with calls from people at the scene who had witnessed a auto "bursting into flames" just after 4pm on Friday.

Video filmed from inside a nearby building shows the attacker going after two officers police officers in high-visibility clothing and trying to stab them.

"Police shot the male in the chest and he is now in a critical condition in hospital", Superintendent Clayton said, adding the officers are OK.

The altercation was filmed by several bystanders at the scene from multiple angles.

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"Police are not looking for anyone further at this early stage", police said in a statement.

"There is no known links to terrorism at this stage we will keep an open mind as to whether there is any link".

The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, urged people to avoid the area.

Markel Villasin, 22, was finishing his shift at KFC on Bourke St as the drama unfolded.

Counter-terror officers have swooped on the scene. However there is access for police cars, trams and garbage trucks.

Police are asking people to avoid the area and said more information would be given when it was available.

A man from Neapoli Cafe in Russell Place told the Herald Sun that he heard a lot of bangs and others reported hearing loud explosions. "We heard it but we didn't know what it was".

"This is Victoria Police, please evacuate the area".

Another witness, Markel, told ABC Radio Melbourne he ran out of the store he was working in after hearing there was a fire and found himself next to an injured man. "People were running", he said. He was waving his arms around, someone was saying he had a knife - I couldn't tell from where I was.

Victoria Police said a bomb response unit had been called to the area and was now making the scene safe.

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