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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 April 2019

Guard killed in shooting outside Melbourne nightclub

Attack not linked to terrorism, police in southern Australian city say

A Victoria Police officer works at the scene of a shooting outside a nightclub in the Prahran suburb of Melbourne, Australia on April 14, 2019. AAP via Reuters
A Victoria Police officer works at the scene of a shooting outside a nightclub in the Prahran suburb of Melbourne, Australia on April 14, 2019. AAP via Reuters

A security guard was killed in a drive-by shooting outside a popular Melbourne nightclub and another man is fighting for his life, amid a spate of gun violence in Australia's second-largest city.

Police said four men – three security guards and a patron waiting to get in – were shot outside the Love Machine club in the trendy inner-city suburb of Prahran early on Sunday morning.

"It would appear that shots have been discharged from a car in this area into a crowd that was standing outside the nightclub," Victoria Police Inspector Andrew Stamper said.

"This is just a horrendous act. It's a busy nightclub, one of the main nightclubs in Melbourne in one of the main entertainment precincts in Melbourne."

The security guard, 37, was taken to hospital but died soon after.

A man, 28, was in a critical condition, while two others aged 29 and 50 had non-life threatening injuries, police said.

A police spokeswoman said the shooting was not believed to be linked to terrorism.

Investigators were looking into links to motorcycle gangs, Melbourne's The Age newspaper reported.

Police were also looking into whether a black Porsche SUV seen leaving the area and later found burnt out in another suburb was linked to the shooting.

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.

Mr Stamper stressed that there was "nothing to indicate" that the shooting was part of a "broader agenda".

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.

Updated: April 15, 2019 04:23 AM

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