Earlier today a van plowed into a crowd of Christmas shoppers in Melbourne, Australia. As best we know, about 19 persons were injured. Thus far there are no fatalities but it certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying.
Police say a man accused of deliberately crashing a car into pedestrians outside Melbourne’s Flinders Street train station, sending 19 people to hospital and creating peak-hour chaos, has a history of assault, drug use and mental health issues.
Police said the driver was a 32-year-old Australian citizen of Afghan descent, and was known to police, but was not on bail at the time of the incident.
“We don’t at this time have any evidence or any intelligence to indicate there’s a connection with terrorism,” [Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton] said.
However, he said they would continue to work with the Counter-terrorism Command to ensure there was no connection and ongoing threat.
A second man, 24, was seen filming the incident and was found to be carrying a bag with knifes in it.
He was also arrested, but police believe he had no links to the incident. He is still assisting police with their inquiries.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) December 21, 2017
Dramatic moment of Melbourne suspect's arrest and the immediate aftermath pic.twitter.com/MxMA24qfXG
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) December 21, 2017
Melbourne police update:
– No evidence yet to suggest terror link
– Driver was Australian citizen of Afghan descent
– Suspect had history of drug use and mental health problems
– Second man arrested near scene had knives in baghttps://t.co/2DLNEYCra7
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) December 21, 2017
Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.