One man is dead and another is fighting for life after a drive-by shooting outside a nightclub in Melbourne’s inner south this morning.
Police said a number of people were shot in the incident, which occurred outside the Love Machine nightclub, near the corner of Little Chapel Street and Malvern Road in Prahran at about 3:20am. Four people were taken to hospital. A 37-year-old Narre Warren South man has since died in hospital, police said. A 28-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital. A 50-year-old man and a 29-year-old man have non-life-threatening injuries. Police are investigating if a black Porsche SUV seen leaving the area is related to the shooting. A police spokeswoman told AFP the shooting was not believed to be linked to terrorism. Investigators were probing links to motorcycle gangs. The latest incident came after a spate of shootings in Melbourne in March that left five people dead in four separate incidents. Two of the incidents were believed to be gang-related. Mass shootings are rare in Australia, which has strict firearms laws introduced in 1996 after 35 people were killed by a gunman in Port Arthur. A murder-suicide last year which left seven members of a family dead in Western Australia was the country’s worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur attack.