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A man was shot by police and was in critical condition in hospital Friday after a stabbing incident in central Melbourne which left one person dead and two wounded.

Police initially responded to a vehicle fire on Bourke Street.

When police arrived at the scene, “they were confronted by a male brandishing a knife and threatening them,” Victoria Police Superintendent David Clayton told reporters.

“At the same time, passers by were calling out that members of the public had been stabbed,” he added.

“Police shot the male in the chest and he is now in a critical condition under guard in hospital,” Clayton said.

Three people were stabbed. One died at the scene and another two other victims are in hospital, Clayton said.

A bomb response unit has cordoned off the area and the vehicle fire has been extinguished.

Clayton said there was no known link to terrorism and police were not looking for other offenders at this stage, but they are calling for witnesses and those with visual evidence such as video and photos to come forward.

The investigation is ongoing.