Bourke Street attack: Melbourne trolley hero says ‘I just went action mode’

Leroy Wright
November 11, 2018

Australian police shot a knife-wielding man who is believed to have stabbed three people in Melbourne's city-center Friday, killing one of them.

The utility truck carrying barbecue gas cylinders burned on busy Bourke Street just before the evening rush hour as the driver stabbed bystanders and attacked police. The video also shows another individual, dubbed "trolley man", quickly barging in with a trolley directly hitting the attacker and stalling him to buy the police some time.

He later died in hospital, Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton told reporters.

In a statement, Victoria Police said a man was arrested at the scene and taken to hospital in critical condition.

A witness claimed to see a pedestrian struck by the vehicle while another said her friends had seen someone with a knife in the area and she'd been told "he'd stabbed a security guard".

Officers were initially called to reports of a auto fire near Bourke Street, a busy thoroughfare, at about 16:20 local time (05:20 GMT).

"I'm not at liberty at this point to disclose the identity of that person".

The police officers who first responded to the scene received minor injuries.

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Australia's counter-terrorism command has taken a lead role in the investigation and police set up a three-block-wide exclusion zone as forensic investigators combed through the scene.

Police said the Muslim brothers were from a Somalian family that moved to Australia in the 1990s. He then engaged with members of the public at that location, " he said. Police said then they believed he was an ISIS sympathiser and was planning an attack Melbourne's central Federation Square on New Year's Eve in 2017.

Authorities say they do not perceive any ongoing threat.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said Australians will "never be intimidated by these appalling attacks".

Police have also credited the "9-11" public response - so named after those on board United Airlines Flight 93 who vainly fought to take back control of the plane from terrorists - for keeping a sense of calm during Friday's attacks.

Premier Daniel Andrews condemned the incident as "an evil and awful thing", thanking the police and citizens who responded and adding "as a city, will not be defined by this act of evil - we are bigger and stronger than this".

"I was walking up Bourke St ... and we heard this loud explosion".

Yesterday's attack was a double blow for the city as it coincides with an ongoing murder trial of 28-year-old James Gargasoulas, accused of ploughing his vehicle into crowds in the same area in 2017, killing six people. However, police said they are unsure how the fire began.

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