One dead after three stabbed in Bourke Street attack

One person has been killed on a central Melbourne street where a knife wielding man was left in a critical condition after being shot by police.

The auto burst into flames near the corner of Swanston and Bourke streets about 4.20pm on Friday and while the vehicle was quickly extinguished, reports soon followed of a knife attack.

The police there issue a statement saying that a vehicle had burst into flames and that a small number of people were being treated for stab wounds. A man was arrested at the scene and has been taken to hospital under police guard in a critical condition.

Police are not looking for anyone further at this early stage.

One person was believed to be in a critical condition in hospital suffering a neck injury, a statement from Ambulance Victoria said.

Chilling footage uploaded to social media shows the suspect repeatedly swinging the weapon at two officers before one of them draws their firearm and opens fire.

More than 100 police have swarmed on the area. Their condition is not yet know.

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The exact circumstances are yet to be determined at this stage. "A third person has also been taken to hospital".

When they arrived, they were allegedly confronted by a man who started lunging at them with a knife.

Photo from the scene showed crowds of people behind police barriers. They said they heard screams and cries from the crowd before they were rushed from the area. Police response was swift and overwhelming.

"Police are aware of an incident in the vicinity of Bourke Street", Victoria Police have said in a statement.

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

It comes as a trial continues into the horrifying rampage in Bourke St in January a year ago.

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