One Dead, Three Hospitalised After Horror Attack On Bourke Street

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

One person has been killed and at least two others injured after a dramatic incident on Bourke Street.

A man has been shot by police after lunging at two uniformed officers with a knife near a burning vehicle in Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall.

Addressing the media, Superintendent David Clayton said that the man who attacked the people was shot in the chest and he is now critically injured.

"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.

Mr Clayton said Victoria Police's gun response unit had cordoned off the area and the bomb response unit was making the scene safe while Melbourne Fire Brigade had tackled the auto fire.

One person has been taken to hospital with a neck injury in a suspected critical condition, one with a head injury and a third with unknown injuries.

Police said they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the attack.

About 4.31pm, police send out a media alert asking the public to avoid the Bourke Street area.

More than 100 police have swarmed on the area. Condition not yet known.

'The exact circumstances are yet to be determined at this stage.

Two other victims have been taken to hospital with injuries.

There were large spots of what appears to be blood near the figure, as were a pair of men's black lace-up shoes.

Markel said bystanders were yelling out "just shoot him, just shoot him", while police officers were trying to disarm the attacker.

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

"He seemed to be waving something, people around me screamed that he had a knife, but I couldn't see clearly from where I was", she said.

'Police response was swift and overwhelming.

"And then I heard one loud bang".

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