Police are investigating an incident in the CBD this afternoon that has left one person deceased, Victoria Police say.
Police responded to reports of a car on fire on Bourke Street about 4.10pm.
On arrival police were confronted by a man who assaulted police before fleeing on foot.
The man was chased by police and he was observed with a knife which he lunged at police with.
Police shot the man and he has been taken to hospital with serious injuries where he remains under police guard
Three victims have been located, two appear to have been stabbed to the upper body, the third has died at the scene.
The bomb response unit is attending and is conducting safety checks on the vehicle.
It is yet to be determined if the incident is terror related.
If members of the public have images or video footage that may assist police with their investigation into the incident, they are encouraged to upload them here → https:vpupload.fotoware.com.au
Anyone with information is also urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
Members of the public who witnessed the event and wish to make a statement are asked to attend Melbourne West Police Station at 313 Spencer Street, Melbourne.
It is normal for people to have strong emotional or physical reactions following a distressing or frightening event.
People can seek help and advice by visiting your local doctor or calling:
• Lifeline 13 11 14
• GriefLine 1300 845 745
• BeyondBlue 1300 224 636