Dramatic footage has emerged of the moment a fly-in-fly-out worker is gunned down by police in a shopping centre after a violent stabbing rampage that left seven people injured.
The man, 34, wearing hi-vis workwear, can be seen on the video pacing through the South Hedland shopping centre in Western Australia on Friday brandishing a large kitchen knife.
Terrified shoppers and staff can be seen hiding behind counters in stores as police confront the man.
The stabbing rampage began in a nearby motel before the knifeman headed to the McDonald’s car park where he stabbed one person.
He then caused chaos as he made his way into the mall through Kmart.
Esther Brooks (pictured) shared shocking pictures of her wound with Daily Mail Australia, after being stabbed in the back by a crazed stranger
Major crime detectives have begun investigating the South Hedland rampage in which seven people were stabbed, including a woman pushing her child in a pram.
The crisis ended when the attacker, “tổng đài hỗ trợ facebook” a 34-year-old FIFO worker from Perth who was known to authorities, was shot dead by police.
One victim, a 39-year-old man, received serious wounds and has been airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital where he will undergo surgery on Saturday evening.
Pilbara district superintendent Kim Massam declined to comment on any potential motive for the attack or whether the offender had a history of drug use or mental health issues.
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He said social media videos, as well as footage captured on CCTV and on police body-worn cameras, would form a key part of the investigation.
Up to 60 witnesses could be interviewed.
‘Those statements will be detailed,’ Supt Massam told reporters.
‘They are there on behalf of our investigation for the coroner. The coroner will expect a thorough and intrusive investigation is undertaken in relation to the matter.
‘I think we’ll have a significant contingent of police officers and support staff in Hedland for the majority of this coming week.’
Two men and three women, aged 19 to 37, were treated at Hedland Health Campus but have since been discharged.
Another man aged 20 did not require medical treatment.
The man, 34, wearing high-vis workwear, can be seen wearing high-vis workwear and pacing through the South Hedland shopping centre in Western Australia on Friday brandishing a large kitchen knife
David Derschow (pictured, right) said his girlfriend Esther Brooks (left) had been stabbed by the knifeman on Friday morning at a Western Australian shopping centre
The attacker is yet to be identified but his family has been informed of his death.
Police say he stabbed a man at a motel and another who was in a car at the local McDonald’s before entering the South Hedland Square shopping centre and attacking a further five people.
Two officers attempted to subdue him and fired a Taser before he lunged at them with a ‘very large’ knife.
An officer fired several shots and the man died at the scene.
One of the victims was Esther Brooks, who was slashed in the back while the man fled police
In an exclusive interview, Ms Brooks shared shocking photos of her bloodied T-shirt, and told Daily Mail Australia: ‘I’m sore – but I’m OK. I live to tell the story.’
Her stunned boyfriend David Derschow said Ms Brooks had just gone on a coffee run when she was attacked by the crazed man.
The stabbing rampage took place in South Hedland in northern Western Australia (pictured)
‘She was just getting iced coffees,’ he said on Friday night.
Mr Derschow said he heard screaming coming from the shopping centre and walked up to find carnage.
‘She didn’t know him,’ he said, adding he had no idea why his girlfriend had been brutally attacked.
Ms Brooks was in such a state of shock she didn’t even realise she’d been injured in the melee. ‘When he stabbed me, he was running from police.’
Mr Derschow said: ‘She’s good now, she didn’t know she was stabbed until she asked if she was stabbed.
‘A Good Samaritan, within minutes of walking out, offered to take us to the emergency room.’
He later told friends in a chilling Facebook post: ‘Esther got stabbed!’
Ms Brooks is in a stable condition and has had her injury stitched up.
The South Hedland Square shopping centre reopened on Saturday, as did licensed premises which had closed as a mark of respect.
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said there was no indication the man was politically or ideologically motivated.
Homicide detectives have flown to South Hedland and their investigation will be overseen by the professional standards division.
A WA Police Union team has also been deployed to assist the two officers.
A police van is seen outside South Hedland Square (pictured) where multiple people were stabbed by a man wielding a carving knife on Friday morning