One dead after shooting outside Melbourne nightclub: Australia police

One person has died and multiple people have been injured in a drive-by shooting outside a nightclub in the Australian city of Melbourne.
A Victoria Police personnel works at the scene of a multiple shooting outside Love Machine nightclub in Prahran, Melbourne, on April 14, 2019.
A Victoria Police personnel works at the scene of a multiple shooting outside Love Machine nightclub in Prahran, Melbourne, on April 14, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS
A photo said to be of the scene uploaded to social media.
A photo said to be of the scene uploaded to social media.PHOTO: TWITTER

SYDNEY (AFP) - A security guard is dead and another man is fighting for his life after a drive-by shooting outside a popular Melbourne nightclub, police said on Sunday (April 14), 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 told reporters. “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 37-year-old security guard was taken to hospital but died soon after.

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

A police spokesman told AFP the shooting was not believed to be linked to terrorism.

Investigators were probing links to motorcycle gangs, Melbourne’s Age newspaper reported. 

Police were also probing 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.

Inspector 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 gun laws introduced after 35 people were killed in 1996 at Port Arthur in Tasmania.

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 case.