Police are continuing to investigate an incident where a car has collided with a number of pedestrians in the Melbourne CBD this afternoon.
Media conference regarding the Flinders Street incident with Commander Russell Barrett. pic.twitter.com/j7zx0V5fYQ
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Police arrived within minutes of the incident and arrested two men at the scene.
Fourteen pedestrians were injured during the incident.
At this time police believe this is a deliberate act, however we do not yet know the motivation and it is only very early in the investigation.
Detectives from Crime Command currently have primacy of the investigation.
Police and emergency services remain on the scene and will do for the foreseeable future.
The crime scene is active and will remain in place for some time. We urge people who can avoid the area, to avoid the area.
People may have items or vehicles within the crime scene area, however they will not be able to access these until the area is reopened.
Victoria Police will also continue to provide a strong police presence in the Melbourne CBD tonight.
We understand this incident has been very traumatising for witnesses, victims and families involved.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to attend the Spencer Street Police Complex at 313 Spencer to provide their details and a statement.
Welfare services will also be there to provide further support.
If members of the public have video footage or images which may assist police with their investigation, they are encouraged to upload them here: http://australiauploadserviceweb.cloudapp.net
Police urge anyone with any other information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au