A prominent Launceston businessman has been injured in a terror attack in Melbourne.
Rod Patterson was taken to a Melbourne hospital following the incident in the Bourke Street mall.
Mr Patterson is currently at the Alfred Hospital.
His injuries are unknown.
His wife, Maree, posted to social media thanking everyone for their wishes.
“So unfortunately we got caught up in the attack in Bourke Street this afternoon and Rodney was hurt – good news is he is in a great hospital and doing OK given the circumstances,” she wrote.
Mr Patterson, who was a franchisee for Launceston’s Autobarn, sold the business earlier this year after 20 years.
He is also the past president of the South Launceston Football Club.
He owns an apartment in Melbourne.
Launceston Chamber of Commerce treasurer Janine Healey, who was president of the chamber when Mr Patterson was on the board, said she was shocked by the incident.
“He's been such a great member for the community,” Mrs Healey said.
“Not just his links with the business community, but football in particular and also with his ties with White Ribbon.
“He was very enthusiastic about things, particularly retail.
“I understand he sold his business to start mentoring, which shows the calibre of the man.”
Our thoughts are with a brave Tasmanian, Rod Patterson, his family and friends. A nicer bloke you wouldn’t meet. It’s not surprising he would step in to help others. We all wish him well.— Will Hodgman MP (@WillHodgman) November 9, 2018
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said a man who stabbed three members of the public and attacked police officers has died in hospital.
The man had been shot by police and succumbed to the gunshot wounds in Royal Melbourne Hospital roughly half an hour after the incident in Bourke Street on Friday afternoon, he said.
He said three men were stabbed during the Bourke Street incident.
He said the three men were rushed to Royal Melbourne Hospital, and that one man died from his wounds.
The man's next of kin were being notified and his identity will not be released at this stage, he said.