“Our emergency services this afternoon have done us proud. They have supported the most vulnerable.”“Our hearts are breaking this afternoon. But we are stronger than this. We can be confident that we are stronger than this evil criminal act.”“We are so proud of our Emergency Services, so proud of Victorians who in the midst of this stepped forward to help their fellow citizens.”
“Any support that is needed will be provided, any resources that are needed will be provided.”
“There is an extensive family violence history. He’s come to our attention on many occasions in the past. We also have mental health and drug-related issues with the background of this person.”
“This morning we attempted to intercept the vehicle he was driving. The driving was of such a nature the pursuit had to be terminated because of the actions of the driver and concerns for the community. Police were trying to find another way to intercept the vehicle when the incident occurred.”
Victoria Police have also set up a portal on their Facebook page that people can submit video taken of the incident to, in a first for the state.