Two men stabbed at busy Melbourne shopping centre in front of 'petrified' shoppers

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Two men have been taken to hospital after being stabbed by another man inside a Woolworths at a Melbourne shopping centre.

The men suffered non-life threatening injuries during the attack at Barkly Square in Brunswick on Monday morning.

A man was arrested at the scene and was also taken to hospital with self-inflicted wounds.

A police presence is seen outside the Barkly Square shopping centre in Brunswick.
Police at Barkly Square shopping centre in Brunswick on Monday morning. Source: AAP

Ambulance Victoria says one man suffered an upper-body injury, another man believed to be aged in his 50s had upper and lower body injuries and the third man had lower-body injuries.

They are in a stable condition.

The incident took place at the shopping centre's Woolworths. No staff members were injured. 

Woolworths Supermarkets Victorian General Manager Sarah Gooding condemned the attack in a statement to Yahoo News Australia.

"There is no place for violence like this anywhere in our community," she said.

"Our thoughts are with the man who was injured and his loved ones at this difficult time.

"The team reacted calmly to the incident in line with our established safety procedures, and we thank them for doing so in trying circumstances. 

"The store will remain closed until further notice while we focus on supporting our team and assisting Victoria Police with its investigation."

A police presence is seen outside the Barkly Square shopping centre in Brunswick.
The shopping centre had to be closed down due to the stabbing. Source: AAP

The Woolies will undergo a forensic deep clean before re-opening.

The incident forced the Barkly Square to shut down.

Barkly Square wrote on Facebook it closed "due to an incident that has taken place on site". 

"Police are attending and we are assisting them with their inquiries," it said. 

"As this is a police matter, we are unable to provide further details at this time. We will provide updates as they become available."

A police presence is seen outside the Barkly Square shopping centre in Brunswick, Melbourne.
Scared shoppers described a man covered in blood running with a knife. Source: AAP

Shopper Suzanne told The Herald Sun she was "scared" and "petrified" after witnessing a man with a knife running "covered" in blood running out of the Woolworths.

“I just wanted to get away from there," she told the paper.

She added a security guard and another man stepped in to stop the man with the knife.

Sandra, whose brother works in the centre, told 3AW "the guy who was running around chopped off some of his own fingers".

Police say they are not searching for anyone else over the incident and there is no threat to the community.

with AAP

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