The death toll from yesterday’s horrific vehicle attack in the Melbourne CBD currently stands at four, but Victoria‘s Police Commissioner says there are “grave fears” this number could still rise.
In a statement to the media this morning, Graham Ashton said:
“Obviously, the hospitals are still working on those critically injured people, but we do have fears – grave fears – for the health of at least two or three of those that are in that critical condition. It may be the death toll death – numbers of people killed – may still increase beyond four.”
It it understood that, of more than 20 people hospitalised after yesterday’s incident, a number of patients remain in critical condition in both the Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Alfred Hospital
A 10-year-old girl, a 25-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman died at the scene yesterday, after a car slammed into pedestrians on Bourke Street. A 33-year-old man later died in hospital.
Police have yet to question the alleged driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old Dimitrious Gargasoulas, who was due to appear in court yesterday on an unrelated matter.
He is currently recovering in hospital after receiving a gunshot to the arm, and Homicide Squad investigators say that they plan to speak with him as soon as possible. Speaking to media, Vic Police said:
“That’s still our intention. Through the course of the weekend we will be looking to try and get that opportunity to step in and interview and charge that offender. We will be seeking him to be remanded and to face a court date.”
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews stressed to citizens that there is “nothing from a security perspective” to stop them from enjoying sporting events like the Australian Open and cricked at the MCG this weekend.
Source: News Corp.
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