Australia: Tonight we visited the makeshift memorial to the Bourke Street victims at the Old General Post Office (GPO) in Melbourne.
Victoria Police have now released this statement saying a fifth victim, a three month baby, has died this evening:
Victoria Police: Saturday, 21 January 2017 22:53
A fifth person has died following the incident that took place in the Melbourne CBD yesterday.
It is believed police were in pursuit of a vehicle in the CBD when the vehicle deliberately struck a number of pedestrians in the vicinity of Bourke and Queens Streets at approximately 1.30pm.
Police shot the man who was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
He was taken to hospital where he remains under police guard being treated for non-life threatening injuries and is yet to be interviewed.
Police understand the incident is linked to a stabbing that took place in Windsor early yesterday morning involving parties known to one another.
Following this incident, it is alleged the same man took a woman, who is known to him, hostage in his car. She managed to escape from the car on the Bolte Bridge.
Those who died are a 10-year-old girl, 25-year-old man, 33-year-old man, 32-year-old woman and a 3-month-old baby boy, who died in hospital this evening.
Hospitals have treated 37 other people injured during the incident, 4 remain critical.
The Homicide Squad are investigating with the assistance of the Major Collision Investigation Unit.
Police encourage anyone who witnessed the event or who has information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at http://www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
If you witnessed events at Bourke St or just need support after what you have seen, please call:
- Victim’s Support Helpline on 1800 819 817
- Australian Red Cross reunite services to connect with friends or family 1800 727 077
- Road Trauma Support Services Vic on 1300 367 797
- Lifeline 14 11 13
- Beyondblue 1300 22 4636