The Launceston community is reeling after a prominent businessman was injured during a terrorist attack in Melbourne.
Rod Patterson was one of three civilians injured in the attack on Bourke Street on Friday afternoon, which saw a terrorist set his ute on fire and then go on a stabbing rampage.
Mr Patterson was well-known in region for being franchisee of Launceston’s Autobarn, and being a past president of the South Launceston Football Club.
Mr Patterson said he was caught up in the incident while enjoying a day out in Melbourne with his wife, Maree.
“I went to assist and whilst doing so received a knife wound to my head,” he said.
He said he was receiving fantastic care at The Alfred.
“We both appreciate everyone's support during this difficult time, and our thoughts are also with the other victims, families and police officers involved,” he said.
Owner of Melbourne’s iconic Pellegrini Espresso Bar, Sisto Malaspina, was fatally stabbed during the incident and died on Friday.
A 28-year-old man was also injured and remains in hospital.
Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the terrorist, was shot by police, and later died in hospital about half an hour after the incident.