VIDEO: 3 Dead, 20 Injured as Melbourne Driver Rams into Shopping Mall

Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:42:05

A driver has plowed his vehicle into pedestrians at a busy shopping center in Melbourne, Australia, leaving multiple casualties.

Three people were killed, including a child, and 20 others injured after the car “deliberately” drove into pedestrians in Bourke Street mall in Melbourne, police said on Friday.

“It is believed police were in pursuit of a vehicle in the CBD when the vehicle deliberately struck a number of pedestrians in the vicinity of Bourke and Queens Streets at approximately 1:30 pm (13:30 GMT)," Victoria police said in a statement.

The statement added the driver had received bullet wounds and was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The motive behind the ramming is still unclear and police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

However, the possibility of a terror attack has been ruled out by police.

Police believe the mall incident took place following a stabbing and hostage-taking incident elsewhere in Windsor.

Prior to the incident, the driver had allegedly taken a woman hostage in his car.

The woman, however, had managed to escape and police had been in pursuit of the alleged felon.

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