Three more men have been arrested after a fight broke out near where a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Melbourne’s west.
A police officer was taken to hospital and another man was treated for a cut to the head after a brawl broke out between about 30 people near Brimbank Shopping Centre in Deer Park on Tuesday night.
The trio was being interviewed by police at 9pm.
The brawl occurred just hours after a teenager was stabbed to death while walking near the shopping precinct.
Incredibly tense scenes after the stabbing of a 16yo boy in Deer Park. Just saw 15+ people swarm into the crime scene and start fighting. One was screaming: “I’ll kill you.” @abcmelbourne pic.twitter.com/NrKwCcAybF
— Emilia Terzon (@EmiliaTerzon) June 16, 2020
The 16-year-old was said to be walking home from school outside the Brimbank Shopping Centre at Deer Park in Melbourne’s western suburbs when he was approached by a group of up to 10 males just after 4pm.
The group of men allegedly fled the scene, but six of the males were arrested on nearby Billingham Road a short time later.
They are yet to be charged.
Witnesses told Nine News the group were carrying knives up their sleeves and stabbed the teen “multiple times” in the chest and stomach.
“He’s a good kid. He goes to church. He comes from a good family, a humble family. It’s just so unfortunate this has happened to him,” family friend Foa Galuega said.
Police have arrested six males following the death of a teenager in Deer Park today.
The 16-year-old boy was stabbed and has died at the scene.
The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated.
— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) June 16, 2020
The evening brawl is believed to have been sparked by an argument on social media, Nine reported.
Footage of the second brawl has been posted on social media, showing people running into the taped-off crime scene.
A person can be heard in the footage shouting, “I’ll kill you” while bystanders yell “Stop”.
The Homicide Squad is investigating what led to the attack.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.