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Melbourne car attack: Bourke Street death toll reaches five after 3-month-old baby dies

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A pram is seen on the corner of Bourke and William Street at the scene where man has gone on a rampage in a car through busy Bourke St mall, Melbourne. © AAP Image/Julian Smith A pram is seen on the corner of Bourke and William Street at the scene where man has gone on a rampage in a car through busy Bourke St mall, Melbourne.

A three-month-old baby boy has died following the deadly car rampage that took place in Melbourne's CBD on Friday, bringing the death toll of the attack to five.

The baby died in hospital this evening, a statement from police said.

It is believed police were in pursuit of a vehicle in the city on Friday when the driver, suspected to be 26-year-old Dimitrious Gargasoulas, drove erratically around an intersection before speeding down a footpath on Bourke Street and crashing into pedestrians.

Hospitals have treated 37 other people who were injured during the incident, and four victims remain in critical condition.

Those who died included a 10-year-old girl, 25-year-old man, 33-year-old man, 32-year-old woman and the three-month-old baby boy who passed away this evening.

Witnesses said there was "no hesitation" as he drove the car into pedestrians, sending "people flying like skittles" and running for their lives.

Gargasoulas remains in hospital under police guard, and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Victoria's Homicide Squad will be investigating the incident, with the assistance of the Major Collision Investigation Unit.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said on Saturday a memorial would be set up outside the GPO building in Bourke Street Mall to honour the victims.

"We all need to come together and show our support for victims and family and for everybody who was caught up in this terrible, evil criminal act," he said.

Bourke Street was re-opened on Saturday morning, after having been cordoned off for most of Friday as police continued their investigations into the incident.

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