The wife of a man who was stabbed by a terrorist during a fatal rampage in Bourke Street in the center of Melbourne, revealed how they were dragged into the gruesome attack.
Tasmanian Rodney Patterson, 58, was one of three people who were shot by the Somali striker, who was shot by the police after he had crashed a car and set it on fire.
Patterson & # 39; s wife Maree said that the couple was in the attack & # 39; caught before he was stabbed.
Rodney Patterson (second from the left) was one of three people who were stabbed by the Somali attacker, who had been shot by the police after he had crashed a car and set fire to him.
Patterson and his wife Maree (not pictured) said it was in the attack & # 39; caught before he was stabbed
"Rodney was injured – good news is that he is in a great hospital and is doing well, given the circumstances," she posted on Facebook.
& # 39; Can not take calls at the moment, but everyone will speak if I can.
Thank everyone for their wishes and care. & # 39;
The Tasmanian MP Will Hodgman praised the & # 39; brave & # 39; actions by Mr Patterson.
Victoria Police said that they treat the incident as a terrorist attack, and have identified the responsible man.
The lone wolf attacker was rushed to the hospital, but later died of his wounds.
The 31-year-old and his family were known to counter terrorism organizations at the state and national levels and believed they were connected to North African extremist groups.
His passport was canceled a few years ago after he was identified as one of 300 potential security risks.
A terrorist killed a customer dead at the Bourke Street Mall in Melbourne and injured two others. A body was seen lying on the street covered with a white sheet
Video showed a man who tried to stab and chop with two cops before he was shot and fell to the floor, and a brave shopper tried to hit him with a trolley
It was also noted that the police are unable to come into contact with the man's wife and to believe that she is both missing and radicalized.
Authorities hope to use the state's preventive detention laws for the first time since their entry into force, where the police are legally allowed to hold a suspect for up to seven days if they think the person poses a threat or security risk, Herald Sun reported .
Prime Minister Daniel Andrews said that the attack was a bad and frightening thing that happened in our state & # 39 ;.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is affected by this, but we will not be determined by this," he said.
The leader of the Victorian liberal party, Matthew Guy, said & # 39; we have to eradicate these kinds of things, in a media conference shortly thereafter.
& # 39; Any source should keep Victorians safe. & # 39;
The officers then retreated to the other side of the road when the bearded attacker with a shaved head and dressed in a long brown tunic pursued them as horrified bystanders who were asked to shoot the police.
The perpetrator chased the officers around a tree as they tried to dodge his blows and persuade the man to surrender, and a brave bystander tried to stop the attack by running him down with a shopping cart.
The officers then retreated to the other side of the road while the bearded attacker with a shaved head and dressed in a long brown tunic, haunted as horrified bystanders called the police to shoot him.
The man again tried to stab and chop down the officers several times before a policeman tried to taser us without success.
His partner then shot the attacker in the chest.
The knifeman grabbed his chest and fell to the ground where he was quickly arrested on the pavement by two simple garment officers and rushed to the hospital under police surveillance, where he later died on the operating table.
The man and his family were known to the Australian secret intelligence service, the national spy agency of the country.
His possible ties with known terror plotters and extremist elements of the North African community in Australia are being investigated.
The man moved to Somalia from Australia in the 1990s, said Victoria Commissioner, Graham Ashton, and had a list of small & # 39; Crimes related to "cannabis use, theft and traffic violations & # 39;
& # 39; He is known to the police and is best known with regard to relatives that he has and which are certainly of interest. & # 39;
Victoria Police Commissioner Graham Ashton and Prime Minister Daniel Andrews spoke at a press conference after the attack
& # 39; He is someone who is known to the Victoria Police and at federal level, & # 39; said Commissioner Ashton.
& # 39; There is no constant threat, but this is an ongoing investigation. It is handled by the Counterterrorism Command and the Victoria Police. & # 39;
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also released a statement condemning the actions of the attacker.
Australians will never be intimidated by these horrendous attacks and we will continue to live our lives and enjoy the liberties that the terrorists despise, & # 39; he wrote.
"I praise the bravery of the local police who took action and those who selflessly came to the help of the wounded and comforted the needy."
Opposition leader Bill Shorten also praised the bravery of & # 39; our extraordinary police officers who acted so fast and professionally in Melbourne & CBD … and the passersby whose first instinct was to help others. & # 39;
WoWnessnesses said the Holden Rodeo hit a pedestrian while it reached the curb and caught fire outside Target near the Swanson Street intersection, about 4:20 PM on Friday before the stabbing began
The man was quickly arrested on the sidewalk by two officers for shocked pedestrians who stayed back to film it
The Victoria police said that officers responded to reports of a car burn before they were confronted by the man.
"Officers were confronted with a man who waved a knife and threatened them," said Inspector David Clayton.
The Counter Terrorism Command in collaboration with the Homicide Squad will investigate the incident, but the police sees no further threats at this stage and is not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.
& # 39; The exact conditions must still be determined at this stage. The area is closed and the public is urged to avoid the area, "they said earlier.
The attacker was brought to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition after being shot in the chest, where he later died.
One of his victims had a head injury and another an unknown injury. The men were 26 and 58 years old. Witnesses said that one of the wounded was a guard who tried to intervene.
A policeman suffered minor injuries, but was treated on the spot.
Another man, in his 60's, died of his injuries at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
& # 39; People were trying to help victims because he simply ate randomly. The security (guard) of the adjacent building was also stabbed, but I saw that he was sitting upright, so we know he survived, & # 39; a witness told the Herald Sun.
Shopping cart hero tries to beat Bourke Street attacker
A spectator has been hailed as a hero after attempting to take down a knife-handling man with a shopping cart during the horrific attack on Friday at Bourke Street.
Scene from the scene showed a brave man who pushed a shopping cart into the knifeman while he accused two policemen and cut them, while a ute was engulfed by flames that were burned in the background.
The heroic actions of the spectator were praised on social media.
& # 39; Total respect for the shop character hero who is trying to take down a crazy knifesman with nothing but a metal basket on not very good wheels, "tweeted a person.
& # 39; Unbelievable work by the police in Melbourne, but also bystanders – one who uses a trolley to subdue the man, & # 39; another said.
Cops try to take down the man who is armed with a knife. Passerby seems to turn him off with a shopping cart! & # 39; a person said.
Two victims lie on the floor in blood puddles after being stabbed by the knifeman in the street, because bystanders rush to help them
One witness said he was terrified & # 39; was after he had seen a body covered with a white sheet on the footpath
The Victoria police said the officers responded to reports about a car burn (photo) before they were confronted by the man
Witnesses said the car hit a pedestrian while walking on the sidewalk outside Target next to the Swanson Street intersection, on Friday at around 4:20 PM
Witnesses described a chaotic scene with an injured pedestrian on the ground and countless police cars and helicopters flying overhead.
& # 39; The police response was quick and overwhelming. I initially heard at least one shot, & # 39; said one.
Another said that they did hear what sounded like a bomb and a cannon shot & # 39 ;.
Roads are blocked and the police advises to stay away from Bourke St .. Feels like the yes vu, & # 39; they said, referring to the car attack at Bourke Street Mall last year in which six people were killed.
Panicked pedestrians walked away from the scene in all directions, some hid in nearby cafes and shops, and locked themselves in back rooms.
The area was locked and the public trudged away while the stores including Myer, Target and David Jones were evacuated and the bomb crew was called in to assess the car.
The burnt-out car was sitting where he crashed on the sidewalk and exploded before the calamity began
The area was locked with the public, and stores including Myer, Target and David Jones evacuated and the trees team called to assess the car
The police asks people to avoid the area and says that more information will be given when it was available
Another said they heard what sounded like a bomb and a cannon shot & # 39;
Warnings blare for the first time from the newly installed terror warning speakers: & # 39; This is Victoria Police, please evacuate the area. This is Victoria's police, please evacuate the area. & # 39;
The fire was brought under control in about five minutes, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Fire Brigade said.
The fire brigade initially discovered "BBQ-style gas cylinders & # 39; in the vehicle, but the bomb-shift & # 39; made them unusable & # 39; shortly after.
The police asks people to avoid the area, and says that the streets can be blocked until 8 am on Saturday morning at the latest.
Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp praised the emergency services for their efforts and the city to come together to support each other.
• Melburnians must be reassured by the quick response of the Victoria Police and emergency services who worked quickly, bravely and effectively to minimize damage to the public and keep the situation in check, & # 39; she said.
I am proud of the way our community has respectfully responded to instructions from the local police.
I know that many of us will feel the impact of these terrible events and it is important at these times that we join together as a community and support each other. & # 39;
It comes as a trial goes through the horrible frenzy in Bourke St in January last year. James Gargasoulas is accused of deliberately bumping into pedestrians, killing six people and injuring 27 others.
The police will investigate whether Friday's attacker was a copycat of last year's robbery.
Bourke Street Rampage 2017
January 17, 2017: James Gargasoulas told an employee that if he were to be chased by the police, he would continue to drive and meet people.
January 18, 2017: Gargasoulas stole a Holden Commodore from Windsor.
Beginning of January 20, 2017: Gargasoulas and his brother were heated in their mother's apartment. James attacked him with a big knife. Then he met an employee at the Gatwick Hotel in St Kilda, where he told him he was drastically & # 39; drastically & # 39; went to do, and to look at me, you will see me on the news tonight & # 39 ;.
January 20, 2017: Gargasoulas, 28, led the police on a chase by Melbourne's CBD. He plowed his maroon Holden Commodore during pedestrians in Bourke Street during the lunch time period. Six people were killed and another 27 were injured.
March 1, 2018: Gargasoulas made a plea for mental health and told the court that he was suffering from schizophrenia in the weeks leading up to the attack in the hope of avoiding a lawsuit.
June 14, 2018: A Gargasoulas determined by the jury does indeed have a mental illness, but is still suitable to stand trial.
November 7, 2018: The lawsuit of Gargasoulas starts in Melbourne.
November 8, 2018: Gargasoulas does not plead guilty to all 33 charges against him, including murder.
November 9, 2018: The test continues.