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A woman bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound was left for dead at a Melbourne hospital, as her partner sped away from police.
The 42-year-old mother was shot upstairs at a Sunshine North house before being bundled into a car and driven to Sunshine Hospital where she was dumped on Thursday night, police say.
"While he was at the hospital, police attended and were concerned about her condition, and the male person had blood on his clothing," Detective Inspector Mick Hughes told reporters on Friday.
The man, 33, allegedly fled the hospital, crashing into two other cars before stealing one of them.
Two people were hurt in the crashes and taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Police tracked the stolen car and arrested the man, moments after he stashed a gun.
Homicide detectives are searching the house on Romsey Ave, where the pair lived together.
The property is taped off and a large pool of what appears to be blood can be seen outside the front door.
"It is a graphic crime scene and it will take some time and forensics will be on scene for the next three or four hours," Insp Hughes said.
"We know this poor woman has died as the result of a gunshot wound but what we don't know at this stage is how that occurred."
Police were unable to confirm if the woman was dead when she arrived at hospital, and are awaiting the result of a post mortem examination to determine the circumstances of the shooting, Insp Hughes said.
They are also waiting on an interpreter to interview a friend of the pair, who speaks little English.
The dead woman and her partner are both known to police.