SUV Plows Into Christmas Shoppers in Melbourne, Australia; Over Dozen Injured, Driver and Passenger Arrested
A white SUV was driven into Christmas shoppers outside Flinders Street Station in the heart of Melbourne, Australia, Thursday afternoon local time, injuring over a dozen people including a child. The driver and passenger were reportedly arrested at the scene. No details have been reported about the identities of those arrested , however police are now saying it appears to be ‘deliberate’ and have not ruled out terrorism.
Image of police dragging man from 4WD which ploughed into pedestrians in Flinders St. pic.twitter.com/ANBoKjnABR
— Brett Mcleod (@Brett_McLeod) December 21, 2017
— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) December 21, 2017
Another view of passenger being dragged by police:
Screen image via Twitter.
Local media reports eyewitnesses saying the driver sped through a red light hitting people, gunned the engine and targeted more pedestrians before crashing into a bollard protecting a tram line.
Video shows the moments after the SUV stopped.
— Have another beer (@7point7billion) December 21, 2017
Video report with details of incident:
— 7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) December 21, 2017
Overhead photo of the scene:
— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) December 21, 2017
Overhead video of the scene:
El atropello ha ocurrido en la estación de Flinders en Melbourne (Australia) pic.twitter.com/XQlTPhVcF7
— 6W (@6W_es) December 21, 2017
Photo of the injured being tended to:
— Sophie Smith (@SophieSmith86) December 21, 2017
Photos of alleged driver and passenger:
— 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 21, 2017
Two suspects being forcibly removed and detained after incident at Flinders Street.
Based on witness reports, visual profile of suspects and methodology used in this incident, it’s highly unlikely this was an accident. This looks highly intentional. pic.twitter.com/8fTfbHiKqd
— Christopher James (@ChrisLogicMedia) December 21, 2017
Police update with video of passenger. Police say it appears this was ‘deliberate’.
— 7 News Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) December 21, 2017
Updates to follow.
UPDATE: Australia police are awaiting a psyche evaluation before questioning the suspect, an Australian of Afghani descent with a history if mental issues and a minor criminal background.