On Thursday, a white Suzuki SUV deliberately rammed into a crowd of holiday shoppers in a busy area of Melbourne, Australia. Here is what we know about the incident so far.
1. There are many injured
2. A young child is among them
According to 9News in Australia, a 4-year-old was injured in the incident and reportedly suffered a serious head injury.
3. The driver has been arrested
A 32-year-old man has been arrested. Police said he is Australian and of Afghan descent. Witnesses appeared to drag him out of his SUV before his arrest.
4. Mental health could be at play
Police have revealed that the driver has known drug abuse and mental health issues. He was reportedly known to police because of his history.
5. Not being labeled a terror attack
Police are saying “do not have any evidence or any intelligence to indicate there is a connection with terrorism,” according to the Guardian.
6. It is being labeled deliberate
While a concrete motivation remains unknown for now, Commander Russell Barrett told has revealed that “at this stage we believe it was a deliberate act.”
7. A second man has been arrested
A 24-year-old man, who filmed the incident, has also been arrested but police don’t think he had any ties to the driver. According to police, three knives were found in his backpack.
8. It's the second time this has happened there this year
In January, just a few blocks away, another man rammed into a crowd of people. Six people were killed that incident. The driver was charged with six counts of murder. He has pleaded not guilty, citing mental health problems.
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