A 40-year-old man has been shot dead in Melbourne’s southeast in what police believe was a targeted attack.
Police say the Footscray man was gunned down in front of his girlfriend during a party at an apartment in Oakleigh last night.
“Everyone is known to each other and we’re certainly looking at this as a targeted attack,” Victoria Police Detective Sergeant Simon Quinnell told 9News.
Officers were called to reports of an injured man in Centre Road, Oakleigh South — about 17km south of Melbourne’s CBD — at 3am today.
Paramedics tried to save him, but he died at the scene.
Two people have been taken into custody in relation to the shooting, though no charges have yet been laid. Police say a third person remains on the run.
“From the persons that witnessed this offence, is that one person who is yet to be identified [who] fled the scene,” Detective Sergeant Quinnell said.
The victim’s partner is assisting police.
Police believe the shooter used a handgun in the deadly attack. Authorities are searching a large quarry behind the apartment block for any signs of the weapon.
The victim’s car remains at the scene, with all of its tyres deflated. Police are now treating it as a second crime scene.
“It’s a very quiet complex. I was pretty shocked to learn that something major must have taken place,” one woman, believed to be a resident, told 9News.
The exact circumstances surrounding the man’s death remain unknown.