Three people are dead and a fourth is in hospital after an overnight series of random stabbings in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The attacker knifed two women, one fatally on Wednesday night before going on to also stab a man to death near a Kew tram stop.
The 34-year-old Roxburgh Park man, Mohammed Ibrahim, was shot dead by police after he tried to attack officers with one of his knives.
Media and law enforcement are calling it “a random act of senseless violence” “not terror-related”, in other words – Islamic terror.
- Police shot dead knifeman after he killed two and left third in critical condition
- Mohammed Ibrahim, 34, went on a stabbing rampage through Melbourne
- He stabbed a protective services officer assaulted at train station on Wednesday
- Attacker then got on train and two women then found in car with stab wounds
- One woman died from injuries while the other is fighting for her life in hospital
- Man then found with stab wounds in Kew who was taken to hospital but also died
- Ibrahim died after being shot by police who had tried to arrest the 34-year-old
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Melbourne stabbing rampage: three people dead, including man shot by police
Several streets in Hawthorn and Kew closed off after ‘random act of senseless violence’ police believe is not terror-related
Police say the “random act of senseless violence” appears to have started about 10.40pm on Wednesday.
A protective services officer at Jolimont train station, near the Melbourne Cricket Ground, was approached by a stranger and stabbed in the arm and cheek with a kitchen knife. He received non-life threatening cuts to his face.
Police say the attacker then got on a train and soon after, two women were found in a car at Coppin Grove in Hawthorn about 11.20pm with life-threatening stab wounds. Police said it appeared the women had just arrived home and were getting out of their car.
One 30-year-old woman died and the other, a 31-year-old woman, is in the Alfred hospital in a critical condition.
Police were then called to reports of a man stabbed near a tram stop in Kew about 12.15am on Thursday.
That man, who was 59-years-old , died in hospital, while a second man was spotted by police a few hundred metres away, in Walton Street.
#BREAKING Three people are dead – including one man who was shot by police – after stabbings in Kew and Jolimont overnight. One surviving stab victim is a PSO. Another, a female civilian, is in hospital. Police establishing likely links between the incidents. pic.twitter.com/eXBtd8FTqS
— Paul Dowsley (@pauldowsley7) March 11, 2020
The second man, since identified as a 34-year-old man from Roxburgh Park, was shot dead by police, who said they fired their weapons while trying to arrest him.
On Thursday morning several streets in Hawthorn and Kew remained closed off, with screens in place to hide the crime scenes, and city-bound trains were not stopping at Jolimont train station on Thursday morning.
Police said it did not appear that the victims were known to the man, and they were working to establish a link between the three incidents.
A huge tarp surrounds the car where two women were ambushed and stabbed by a man in a violent rampage in the eastern suburbs. One died at the scene, the other is fighting for life in hospital. The male attacker was shot dead by police. @9NewsMelb pic.twitter.com/FNK8wIe5XM
— Steph Anderson (@_StephAnderson) March 11, 2020
“There is nothing to suggest at this stage this is nothing less than a random act of senseless violence,” assistant commissioner Glenn Weir told reporters at the scene.
Weir said it was “very traumatic … a terrible event”.
Investigators were now trying to piece together what happened between the attacks.
Weir told 3AW radio at this stage there was “zero evidence” to indicate it is a terror-related event.
“This is a terrible event, this is something that’s just shocking,” he said.
Roads at Kew and Jolimont station remained closed.
Police are not searching for anyone else and the community is not at risk.
The shooting by a police officer is being investigated by professional standards command and the deaths will be investigated by the coroner.
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