Melbourne, AU -Terror Attack on Bourke Street
At around 4 p.m. Friday in Melbourne, Australia a 31 year old man went on a stabbing rampage, killing one and wounding two others. He was shot by police and died at the hospital. Police are treating the incident as a terror attack. ISIS took credit for the incident late Friday, as they usually do, by posting it on their media site.
Police responded to the report of a car fire at around 4:10 p.m. When they arrived, they confronted by a man wielding a knife. Bourke street is a busy shopping area of Melbourne, and was the scene of another attack just one year ago. One of the police officers shot the man in the chest, and he was transported to the Royal Melbourne hospital, where he later died.
The man was from Somalia, and was known to law enforcement through relatives “who were persons of interest.” He first set fire to a pickup, which rolled down the street and into a building. The fire was intense, only afterwards did police see the “BBQ” gas canisters that had been placed inside. Basically he had turned it into a VBIED.
The suspect had moved to Australia in the 1990s, according to News9au.
He attacked members of the public, one of whom died. The other two had non-life-threatening injuries.
One of those two, Rod Patterson, a man authorities are calling a hero, pushed a shopping cart at the suspect when he saw that the man was stabbing people, in attempt to distract him. Other bystanders attempted to help the injured as well, which brought praise from Australian leadership.
“They’ve done each and every one of us proud. Equally, those strangers, people who were bystanders who knew nobody involved, who stepped in without a moment’s hesitation, to render support and assistances to the brave members of the Victoria Police, they too, people whose qualities make all of us proud as well.” Premier Daniel Andrews
Rod Patterson is from Tasmania.
“Unfortunately we got caught up in the attack in Bourke Street this afternoon and Rodney was hurt — good news is he is in a great hospital and doing OK given the circumstances — can’t take calls at the moment but will speak to everyone when I can.” Maree Patterson
Our thoughts are with a brave Tasmanian, Rod Patterson, his family and friends. A nicer bloke you wouldn’t meet. It’s not surprising he would step in to help others. We all wish him well.
— Will Hodgman MP (@WillHodgman) November 9, 2018
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) November 9, 2018