Is it safe to say the world is bleeding?

Barely 24 hours after a gun man opened fire and killed 12 people in a California bar, a knife-wielding attacker killed one person and injured two others in a rush hour stabbing rampage in downtown Melbourne on Friday.

Witnesses said the man began attacking pedestrians near a pickup truck apparently belonging to the attacker which had exploded into flames.

Australian police said one person died at the scene and another two others were being treated for their injuries.

They said the suspect, who was hospitalised in a critical condition, had no known links to terrorism.

Witness footage showed police struggling for at least a minute to corral a large man wearing a dark tunic as he lunged, slashed and stabbed wildly at two officers.

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At least two members of the public bravely tried to help police. One man was armed with a cafe chair while another — swiftly dubbed an “Aussie hero” on social media — repeatedly tried to ram the suspect with an empty metal shopping cart.

But as the attacks continued unabated, eventually one officer opted for lethal force, shooting the suspect in the chest.

“A man was arrested at the scene and has been taken to hospital under police guard in a critical condition,” police Superintendent David Clayton said.

“There is no known link to terrorism at this stage,” Clayton added. “We will keep an open mind as to whether there is any link. It’s very early stage of the investigation.”

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