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Car crashes into Northcote Plaza shopping centre in Melbourne's north

Police say the incident does not appear suspicious. (Supplied: Javier Suárez)

Four people have been taken to hospital after a car crashed into a shopping centre in Melbourne's inner north. 

It's understood a 93-year old driver was trying to park at the Northcote Plaza when he drove into the side of the building on Thursday morning.

The car entirely breached one of the walls of the suburban shopping centre, careening across a walkway and coming to a stop inside another retail store.

Plaza butcher Jim, who owns the Gourmet Meat Rack right next to the second store, said it was a confronting scene.

"One guy got hit by a car and went over the bonnet," he told ABC Radio Melbourne.

"The owner of the shoe shop, [there was] glass everywhere on him and it was lucky we had a doctor and nurses running around."

The car stopped in a clothing store in the plaza. (Instagram: @northcoteplazaofficial)

Jim said he saw some of his customers get hit by the car and was shaking as he rang triple-0.

"We're pretty quick, everybody responded here and I think the damages and the injuries were minimal," he said.

The crumpled car was towed from the plaza early on Thursday afternoon. (ABC News: Dylan Anderson)

Police and paramedics said a total of six pedestrians were struck by the car.

A man in his 60s was treated at the scene for upper body injuries.

He was later taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

A man in his 50s with upper body injuries and and a woman in her 60s with lower body injuries were taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, both in a stable condition.

A woman in her 50s was taken to St Vincent's Hospital for observation.

The other two injured people were assessed at the scene.

The plaza is being assessed for how much damage was caused by the crash. (ABC News: Dylan Anderson)

"The driver of the vehicle, who also sustained non life-threatening injuries, is currently assisting police at the scene with their enquiries," a police spokesperson said.

Police said the incident was not being treated as suspicious.

Part of the building was evacuated for a structural assessment after the damage.

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