Ten minutes of carnage saw seven people stabbed and their attacker shot dead by police in front of horrified shoppers at South Hedland this morning — with the shocking incident all caught on camera. Just before 10am, a FIFO worker from Perth, aged in his 30s, is believed to have taken a knife from the kitchen of a motel on Hawke Place before slashing a resident on the arm with the large blade. Moments later, in the McDonald’s car park over the road, a man sitting in his car was also knifed by the same man dressed in hi-vis work gear. And then, with police already in transit, five more unsuspecting shoppers — including a woman pushing her infant child in a pram — were also knifed at the South Hedland Square shopping mall. Dozens more people watched in horror as the rampage unfolded. And even after police arrived, it didn’t stop. The man, who was already known to police, would not surrender or discard the weapon — even after being tasered several times. So with police screaming at him to “stop drop, stop drop, stop drop” they opened fire three times, hitting the man more than once in the chest. That is when he did stop, and dropped. And despite almost immediate first aid being administered — including from an off-duty nurse who handed over her baby to staff at Coles before trying to help — the man was dead within moments. Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the incident was tragic, confronting, dangerous, but not politically motivated. It was also caught on CCTV, and cameras worn on the bodies of the officers who intervened. Bystanders also took photos and footage, some of which was leaking onto social media last night. All that footage he said, would make up the massive investigation which was underway last night, involving homicide detectives, internal affairs and the State Coroner. “On all the information I have these officers have prevented further trauma in the community — they took decisive action,” Commissioner Dawson said “Police sign up and swear into a job where they know it is likely they will bring them into danger. They do that willingly on behalf of the community. They have clearly acted in a very dangerous situation — but at the same time we must understand there is a family grieving, and a person who lost his life. “There is a lot of trauma ... for all the parties that have been impacted.” They included eye witnesses, who recounted the horror of what unfolded on an otherwise sunny Friday morning. Made Suwita told The West Australian he was chased for 50m by the man at the start of his rampage. “I run and run ... I told people ‘stay at the Lodge, get into the room and lock the door (sic)’,” he said. Another women described how she was forced to dive behind a counter with her young daughters police gave chase. And Candice Sweeney was at the self-serve checkout in Kmart when she heard two loud popping noises “I saw a white singlet with blood on it. Someone was doing CPR on him but I assume he was dead. He looked pretty dead,” Ms Sweeney said. “I didn't realise anyone had been stabbed at first. “A nurse carrying a baby asked someone at Coles to hold her baby so she could go and help paramedics. “And a cleaning lady had to run off because her daughter was apparently one of the people that had been stabbed.” Six of those injured were hospitalised, with five of them still in-patients last night. Four were in a stable condition and was more serious. That patient was scheduled to be airlifted by Royal Flying Doctor Service to the trauma unit at Royal Perth Hospital last night, once their condition had stabilised. Premier Mark McGowan expressed his horror at the “tragic and awful set of events” in the Pilbara “All our thoughts and appreciation goes to those police officers who’ve had to deal with a very, very difficult situation that was dangerous to their own lives,” Mr McGowan said. Port Hedland Commissioner Fred Riebeling said the incident had stunned the area. “It’s all really upsetting,” he said. “If there’s five or half a dozen people injured, half the town will probably know someone involved.” And Harry Arnott, president of the WA Police Union, said without the actions of the officers the toll could have been much worse. “Members acted to protect the community and themselves and without their intervention this incident would be significantly more tragic,” Mr Arnott said.