Today, an act of terror struck the heart of our city, in a place where past wounds have still not healed.
Exact details of what occurred are being investigated.
What we know is that in that moment, our city responded with courage and conviction.
We saw it in our police, whose swift, brave and decisive action saved lives.
We saw it in the everyday Victorians, who stayed with and cared for the injured, and stood ready to protect others.
And we saw it in the firefighters who rushed to the scene, and in our paramedics and hospital staff, who continue to treat the injured.
To all of our first responders, we extend our utmost gratitude.
And to the victims and their loved ones, we offer our prayers, support and deepest sympathies.
We won’t be defined by this evil act.
Victorians will continue to go about their business, together and with resolve.