Video posted to social media of the incident showed the attacker repeatedly swinging the knife at officers. The attacker had ‘barbecue-style gas cylinders’ inside the car. The police were not looking for anyone else over the incident but it is treated as a terror act. Bomb experts arrived and were working to make the area safe, while the fire brigade had put out a car on fire. A section of Bourke Street, a major tram thoroughfare and one of the busiest streets in Melbourne’s city center, has been closed off to traffic and shoppers. Shoppers in the area were yelling out “just shoot him, just shoot him,” while the two officers were trying to disarm the knifeman.
They used pepper spray and then a taser on the knifeman, but neither forced him to abandon his attack. „Today, an act of terror struck the heart of our city, in a place where past wounds have still not healed,” Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said in a statement. The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp, has praised residents of the city in a statement for how they dealt with the incident. The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has also released a statement.