A six-year-old is among four dead after two separate violent attacks in Melbourne on Wednesday.
The young girl and a 39-year-old woman were both found at the home in Mill Park, in Melbourne's north about 7.50pm on Wednesday with critical injuries.
The woman died at the scene.
A 40-year-old man, alleged to be the attacker, is in hospital with critical injuries under police guard.
Detective Inspector Dean Thomas said police believe the woman ran to a neighbour's home to get help and was pursued by the alleged offender.
"Our plan is to interview that male in the coming days once we're cleared by medical staff to do so," Detective Thomas said on Friday.
"A further examination of the property at Calloway Crescent in Mill Park located a six-year-old young girl, unfortunately, passed away due to injuries that she received during that incident."
The attacker is believed to be the woman's husband and the father of the young girl.
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Two dead in Mordialloc
An hour later, police were called to the southeast suburb of Mordialloc after gunshots were heard, believed to be the result of a dispute between neighbours.
Two people were found at the scene with critical injuries.
The men, aged 62 and 72, later died.
Detective Thomas said officers fired a shot at a 73-year-old man after he pointed a gun at them.
He said the man was not hit and retreated into a home before surrendering to officers a short time later.
"It's not often that we will get two jobs overnight, two homicide jobs, and we have a total of four people killed," he said.
The incidents that occurred at Mill Park and the incident at Mordialic are not related.
"We have one person in custody for each of those incidents," Detective Thomas said.
"We are not looking for any other people."
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