A man has been shot dead by police and five people have been stabbed at a South Hedland shopping centre in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

Police have confirmed the man was shot by officers responding to an incident at South Hedland Square on Friday.

Five people are being treated for stab wounds at Hedland Health Campus. Three are in a stable condition and two in a serious but stable condition.

Port Hedland Commissioner Fred Riebeling says one of the victims is a council employee who works at a local theatre.

“It’s all really upsetting,” he told AAP.

“If there’s five or half a dozen people injured, half the town will probably know someone involved.”

It’s understood one of the victims whose condition is more serious was stabbed in the neck.

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A St John Ambulance spokeswoman confirmed multiple people were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

“Police will investigate the circumstances surrounding how these people received the injuries,” WA Police said in a statement.

“As per normal protocols, Major Crime Division and Professional Standards Division will investigate the circumstances surrounding the police shooting.

“There is no ongoing concern regarding public safety in South Hedland.”

AAP