Man shot by police after stabbing spree in Melbourne city center

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

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

Police shot a knife-wielding man Friday after he fatally stabbed one person and injured two others in the center of Australia's second-largest city.

Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton said when police arrived at the scene they were confronted by a man brandishing a knife and threatening them.

He said: "Three people have been stabbed, unfortunately one of them is deceased at the scene".

An explosion is heard on Bourke Street at 4:10pm.

Mr Hair said two civilians became involved as well as two police, trying to stop the man from his attack.

Ashton declined to identify the attacker but said he was from Somalia and known to police.

Three people were reportedly been taken to hospital after the incident on Bourke St.

This attack is being treated as a terrorism incident.

At least two members of the public bravely stepped in to help police.

"It's very early in the stages of the investigation", Supt Clayton said.

As police surrounded the man, two bystanders stood in to assist, one of which using his shopping trolley as a weapon.

Police said officers "initially responded to a report of a vehicle on fire" in the city centre at 4:20 pm local time, but discovered at the scene that members of the public had been stabbed.

The journalist also said an emergency speaker system was warning people to avoid the area.

Videos from the scene showed officers arresting the man on the sidewalk immediately after he was shot. The bomb response unit was called and the vehicle was rendered safe.

Horror footage shows a auto on fire.

"This is an evil and terrifying thing that has happened", Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews said alongside Ashton.

"Today, more than ever, we offer our thanks to Police and first responders for the unbelievable work they do for all of us".

"It's the center of Melbourne, where a lot of the transportation changes's probably the busiest part of Melbourne and late on a Friday", said Meegan May who witnessed part incident from a nearby tram.