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BREAKING: reports of a car driving erratically and shots fired near Federation Square in Melbourne.

Police confirm three deceased and 20 people injured following the incident in Melbourne CBD.

People ran for their lives as the hoon sped through busy and oncoming traffic, narrowly missing pedestrians.

The hoon sped off down Swanson street before Police could arrive on the scene.

A police helicopter is hovering above the city.

Update: A man has been arrested following an incident in the CBD this afternoon.

At this early stage it is believed a man driving a vehicle has struck a number of pedestrians in the vicinity of Bourke and Queens Streets just before 2pm.

Emergency services are assisting multiple patients but at least one person has been confirmed deceased. Pedestrian access has been closed on Bourke Street between William and Swanston Streets.

The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be determined and we will provide further information when it comes to hand.

Police request that people avoid the area. The situation is now contained.

Update

The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, have also confirmed four patients have been admitted to the hospital following an incident on Bourke Street in Melbourne CBD.

“Our Emergency Department is very busy. If you were planning to bring your child here with a less urgent condition, but can see your GP or local hospital, we would appreciate if you could do so.

We will provide updates as appropriate.”

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  • How horrifying! You can never be too safe, you never know when a normal day can turn into a nightmare. RIP :(

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  • So terrible – 6 now dead. Melbourne doesn’t feel like a liveable city to me any more.

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  • I wasn’t aware that shots had been fired beforehand. Was anybody shot at all?. I missed news reports about that.

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  • Oh my god

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  • I read that the little 3-months old baby died.
    Thus 5 victims. :-(

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  • Thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of the injured. Horrible to happen to anyone in such a peaceful city.

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  • How awful !!
    I wonder what his motives were. Was he sick ? psychotic ? or filled with an evil spirit of death and destruction ? how comes one this far ?

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  • Glad to actually see story updates here. It wasn’t an out of control car, it was an idiot doing it on purpose. Glad he was caught

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  • On the radio I heard a harrowing eyewitness report from a man at the scene and his report and experience made me cry – it was graphic and horrific and the poor man was clearly still in great shock as you would be. Every sympathy to the poor families that have lost loved ones – such a heartbreaking and vicious attack on innocent people. I hope all of the families and those that witnessed this horrendous ordeal get the support they will need to survive this tragedy.

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  • How horrible! I watched some videos in Internet and it’s horrendous. Poor people! Seeing the empty pram made me cry. :-(


    • The footage on the news was incredibly sad and shocking. :(

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  • saw some footage of him doing the burnouts before he went down Burke street on facebook

    May the people that have been tragically killed Rest In Peace – condolences to their family and friends –

    It really makes you think what the world is coming to when this sort of lowlife person feels the need to do this to innocent people – no matter what his excuse – I hope that he serves a long jail sentence to live with these demons for the rest of his life.

    Thank you to the police, and ambos’ and emergency services crews for dealing/treating all the people that they had to treat. Your job is one that not many people could do and I personally think you are all awesome individuals

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