A vehicle plowed into more than a dozen terrified pedestrians in Australia on Thursday, in what police called a "deliberate" and "cowardly" act.
Two people were arrested at the chaotic scene, which was packed with holiday shoppers in Melbourne's central business district.
Police said 19 people were injured in the ramming, and four remain in critical condition. The perpetrator and an off-duty police officer, who made the arrest, were included in the injured. 9News in Australia reported a 4-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with a serious head injury.
"This is horrific. It's evil," Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said. "We are not defined by these sorts of incidents."
The driver of the white Suzuki SUV was arrested on the scene. Victoria Police identified him as a 32-year-old Australian of Afghan descent. Police said the man has a history of drug abuse and mental health issues.
A second person was also arrested after being seen filming the incident, according to Victoria Police. He was found to have three knives in his backpack.
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