Four dead, 29 pedestrians hurt, shots fired in Melbourne CBD after police chase car into Bourke St mall

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Four dead, 29 pedestrians hurt, shots fired in Melbourne CBD after police chase car into Bourke St mall

The driver who deliberately mowed down pedestrians in a busy Melbourne shopping mall – killing four, including a 10-year-old child, and injuring 29 others – was well-known to police and has a history of mental health and drug problems.

The man is 26-year-old James ‘Jimmy’ Gargasoulas who also goes by the name Dimitrious, The Age reports.

He was charged over a family violence incident less than a week ago.

A relative said the 26-year-old had a history of drug problems and had been in out of jail for car theft and drug offences, The Age reported.

The car – driven by a Greek man, 26, who had been involved in a stabbing with his brother earlier in the day and was well-known to police – ploughed through the crowd in Bourke St mall about 1.30pm (3.30pm NZT) on Friday.

He was pulled from his car by police and seen shirtless and lying only in his underwear, surrounded by officers.

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/ Industry News

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