Two stab victims who unwittingly went to the aid of a Melbourne terrorist, thinking he’d just crashed his car, are recovering in hospital.
Tasmanian businessman Rod Patterson had been enjoying a day out in Melbourne with his wife when they heard a car explode.
The 58-year-old rushed over to check no one was inside the inferno when Bourke Street killer Hassan Khalif Shire Ali lashed out.
While trying to assist at the scene, Mr Patterson was stabbed in the head by Shire Ali.
The 58-year-old underwent surgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Friday night and is now in a stable condition, according to 7 News.
Mr Patterson’s loved ones have thanked all those who came to his aid as Shire Ali continued on his rampage.
“We appreciate everyone’s support at this difficult time and our thoughts are with the other victims, families and police officers involved,” the family said in a statement.
The second injured man is yet to be named, but according to 7 News, he is a 26-year-old security guard who was working at the nearby JBHiFi store when the drama unfolded.
The man is also in a stable condition in hospital.
A rookie police officer, just months out of the academy, shot Shire Ali in the stomach after efforts to subdue the crazed attacker failed.
Shire Ali later died in hospital.
Italian restaurateur Sisto Malaspina was stabbed to death during Shire Ali’s rampage.
Friends of the 74-year-old say he had also gone to assist at the crash scene when he was stabbed.
Mr Malaspina’s Pellegrini’s restaurant has temporarily become a memorial site in the wake of his murder.