Police shot a man after a patrol car was rammed in Melbourne’s north this morning.
Two men were arrested including one aged in his 20s who was wounded when police opened fire.
The police vehicle was rammed on Providence Road in Greenvale about 5am.
The wounded man was treated by paramedics before being taken to hospital in a serious condition with upper body injuries.
Police believe his injuries are not life-threatening.
A shop owner at nearby Westmeadows said that about an hour earlier he was alerted to his store being attacked by ram raiders.
Maurice Iulianella, whose family owns Claudio’s IGA, said the business’ security company phoned him at about 4am to tell him the store’s alarms had been triggered.
(I) thought it was going to be a rock through the window, and I found a bobcat in the front of the shop trying to steal the ATM,” Mr Iulianella said.
“(The) ATM’s pretty secure in there but they tried their hardest.
“Things like this don’t shock me anymore because it happens so many (times),” he said.
It was not immediately known if the ramming attacks in Westmeadows and Greenvale, about six kilometres away, were linked.
“The exact circumstances surrounding what has occurred … (are) still being established, however, one of the men arrested, it is believed, has been shot by police,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
A resident who didn’t want to be named said the Greenvale incident happened just metres from the front of her house and described it as a “bit surreal”.
She said that the area was normally very quiet and that she hoped to have some “answers shortly”.
Another local resident, Mustafa Filiz, said he heard “car skidding sounds”.
“It’s not good, I mean we have a family here so it does make you a bit, yeah, uncomfortable,” he said.