Three killed as auto smashes into pedestrians in Melbourne

A man deliberately drove into a street crowded with pedestrians, police said.

"I swear to God I will go to the city and I will run, you know, people over, I will run them over if they are going to come catch me", she claimed he said.

Bateson said there was no further danger to the public, but said police "ask the public to avoid the scene".

The incident happened at a busy intersection, Bourke Street and Queens St, just before 14:00 local time.

"We have mental health and drug-related issues in the background of this particular person", Ashton said.

That auto then sped through the Bourke Street mall, collecting multiple people.

Witnesses say the auto "hit heaps of people".

It was later confirmed by Victoria Police the suspect had been shot and now in hospital "under police guard". "I saw one person getting CPR and another being treated".

"But he was just driving in a really determined fashion, just in a straight line", the witness, who only gave his name as Sian, said.

The driver was arrested following the incident, said police, who added that the scene was secure. I saw it on TV ... the picture of him sticking his head out when he was doing burnouts.

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Mike O'Brien, the head surgeon at Royal Children's Hospital, tells The New York Times that four children have been hospitalized, including a 3-month-old in critical condition.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said grave fears were held for three victims fighting for their lives in Melbourne's hospitals.

Early reports suggest the red sedan was seen speeding along Bourke Street before it mounted a footpath and careened out-of-control through the mall.

Police said they believed the man was involved in a stabbing at 2.15am Friday in Windsor, where he allegedly attacked his brother.

Father-of-two Stephen O'Brien, 52, told Daily Mail Australia that he was walking out of Bourke Street Mall with his seven-year-old son when he saw the auto "travelling uncontrollably".

Photos and videos of the unnamed man confronting a vehicle that was doing wheelies, or circles, in the middle of an intersection outside Flinders Street Station have emerged online.

Police shot the male suspect, who was the sole occupant of the auto. "I saw a maroon auto driving up the pedestrian path on the Flinders Street side".

"He was moving, I'd say, at around 60 kilometers per hour".

From there it turned on to Bourke Street, ploughing through the mall, before being brought to a stop near Elizabeth Street after police shot him.


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