Victoria’s Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton has confirmed the driver of the vehicle that “intentionally” ploughed into pedestrians in Melbourne’s CBD is a 26-year-old known to police. Eyewitness claims he was yelling “Allahu Akbar
Four people – including a young child – are dead and 31 have been hospitalized. Among the four people killed were a man in his 30s, a woman in her 30s, and a young child. Police confirmed the death of the fourth person on Friday night.
A three-month-old baby girl who was rushed to hospital by police officers is among six people with life-threatening injuries. Three people are in a critical condition at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and two are in a critical condition at The Alfred. (One of these people may since have died) An additional 23 people are being treated for injuries in Melbourne hospitals, including some who went into shock after witnessing the incident.
Police still insisting this had nothing to do with Islamic terror.
The Mercury (h/t Marina and others) It comes as a Victoria Police statement confirmed among the three dead including a 10-year-old child. Police confirmed the death toll, and confirmed 15 more were injured by the car, including four children, after the man deliberately targeted people at Bourke Street Mall, one of the main streets of Melbourne’s Central Business District.
One child was so badly injured that “police ended up taking that child to hospital in the police car because we couldn’t wait for the ambulance to arrive, such was the condition of the child”, Mr Ashton said.
“This individual is not related to any counter-terrorism or any terrorism-related activities. He is not on our books as having any connection with terrorism and we’re not regarding this as a terrorism-related incident,” Mr Ashton said.
The following information is not yet confirmed:
NAME OF DRIVER: Dimitrious Gargasoulas (below), who refers to himself as “Greek Islamic Kurdish”
(NOT terrorism?– when it’s the same kind of car jihad attacks we’ve seen in several Western cities in the past few months)
A police statement said the incident is linked to a stabbing in Windsor earlier on Friday morning. “Following this incident, it is alleged the same man took a woman, who is known to him, hostage in his car,” the police statement said.
“What we do know of the person is there is an extensive family violence history involved. He has come to our attention on many occasions in the past. “We have ‘mental health’ and drug-related issues in the background of this particular person. He has been coming to our attention more recently over recent days in relation to assaults, family violence-related assaults.”
“NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM” insist Aussie media as car driven by a Muslim slams into pedestrians: