The frightening incident unfolded in South Hedland in the Pilbara region in the state’s northwest just before 10am local time (12pm AEST).
A man armed with a knife began stabbing people at random, according to witnesses.
One told The Northwest Telegraph newspaper that the man, wearing hi-vis clothing, “stabbed someone in the McDonald’s carpark”.
He then went to the shopping centre and stabbed someone else, before entering the building “through the Kmart entrance before stabbing a few more”, the witness told the newspaper.
“He made his way into Retravision (and) attacked a few more.”
West Australian Police confirmed a responding officer discharged their firearm and shot the man, who died at the scene.
The witness told The Northwest Telegraph that the offender had been shot outside a juice bar in the food court.
Another witness told TheWest that up to seven people had been stabbed – one of them was a woman with a pram.
“Police tried to taser the attacker but shot him when the taser didn’t work,” the witness told the website.
The public are being asked to avoid the South Hedland Square shopping Centre on Throssell Road due to a police incident.
Police responded to the shopping centre just before 10am to reports of an armed offender.
Officers have discharged a firearm.
SJA were called to assist.
— WA Police Force (@WA_Police) May 1, 2020
Paramedics are at the scene. People are urged to avoid the area although police say there is no longer an imminent risk to the public.
More to come