Australia: Victoria Police have now confirmed a forth death after a car was driven down the Bourke Street mall in Melbourne, Australia. Police have said:
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident that took place in the Melbourne CBD this afternoon.
It is believed police were in pursuit of a vehicle in the CBD when the vehicle deliberately struck a number of pedestrians in the vicinity of Bourke and Queens Streets at approximately 1.30pm.
Police shot the man who was the sole occupant of the vehicle and he received bullet wounds.
He was taken into custody where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The incident is not terrorism related.
Police understand the incident is linked to a stabbing that took place in Windsor early this morning (20 January) involving parties known to one another.
Following this incident, it is alleged the same man took a woman, who is known to him, hostage in his car. She managed to escape from the car on the Bolte Bridge earlier today.
Four people have been confirmed deceased with more than 20 people injured.
The deceased are yet to be formally identified however police can confirm one of the deceased is a young child.
Police and emergency services remain on the scene and request that people avoid the area.
Police have blocked the Bourke Street between William Street and Swanston Streets including the Bourke Street Mall.
The Homicide Squad will be investigating with the assistance of the Major Collision Investigation Unit.
Police encourage anyone who witnessed the event or who has information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at http://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
If you witnessed events at Bourke St today and need support after what you have seen, or can provide information, please call:
- Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
- Victim’s Support Helpline on 1800 819 817
- Australian Red Cross reunite services to connect with friends or family 1800 727 077
- Road Trauma Support Services Vic on 1300 367 797
- Lifeline 14 11 13
- Beyondblue 1300 22 4636