Terrifying CCTV footage has emerged of the horrific car chase in Melbourne, Australia, that killed at least three people, including a child. The video shows pedestrians running for their lives as the car sped through the streets.
The incident followed stabbing and was not terror-related. The driver yelled at pedestrians before ploughing into them.
According to a police statement, it is believed they were in pursuit of the car when it deliberately struck a number of pedestrians. They shot the man, the sole occupant of the car, and he received bullet wounds.
“Police understand the incident is linked to a stabbing that took place in Windsor early this morning involving parties known to one another. Following this incident, it is alleged the same man took a woman, who is known to him, hostage in his car. She managed to escape from the car on the Bolte Bridge.” read the statement.
Police fired gunshots at the driver, who had bullet wounds when he was arrested after the car crashed.
The car chase left 20 people injured. Some of the injured are believed to be in critical condition.
Terrified witnesses revealed, “There’s someone on the middle of the ground and there’s blood all over the street. I’ve seen accidents but never this bad.”
“A heap of people ran into my store, it was horrible. Half of my staff are in tears,” said a shopkeeper.
Another witness said, “Police chased the car down Bourke Street, where they opened fire on the vehicle between William and King Streets. The car then went off the road onto the footpath where a witness says it collected a baby in a carrying device or pram. The baby flew out from under the car and is being treated by paramedics on the side of the road.”
People shared chaotic moments from the scene near Bourke Street, Melbourne.
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