Major Incident Unfolding In Melbourne CBD Involving Car That "Exploded"

Car on fire after crashing into Melbourne's Bourke St Mall

Car on fire after crashing into Melbourne's Bourke St Mall

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

He has been arrested and taken to hospital in a critical condition, police said.

Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton confirmed the suspect had stabbed three people before lunging at police.

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". Their genders, ages, and condition are not known.

It's understood a third person has also been taken to hospital.

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

The message over the loudspeakers says: "This is Victoria Police, please evacuate the area". He confirms that the offender has been shot and is under police guard.

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

Counter-terrorism police have been notified, and they are investigating, although there is no immediate indication the incident is terror related.

About 4.31pm, police send out a media alert asking the public to avoid the Bourke Street area. They said they heard screams and cries from the crowd before they were rushed from the area.

Horror footage shows a vehicle on fire.

Victoria Police released a statement saying: "Police are now at an incident on Bourke Street in the CBD". Police response was swift and overwhelming.

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

The incident comes as a trial continues into the horrifying rampage in Bourke St in January previous year.

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