One dead, 3 hurt in Melbourne drive-by shooting

One person has died and multiple people have been injured in a drive-by shooting outside a nightclub in the Australian city of Melbourne.
Police officers at the scene yesterday of the shooting outside the Love Machine nightclub in Melbourne's south-eastern suburb of Prahran that killed a security guard and wounded three others. There was no suggestion yet that the attack was terror-rel
Police officers at the scene yesterday of the shooting outside the Love Machine nightclub in Melbourne's south-eastern suburb of Prahran that killed a security guard and wounded three others. There was no suggestion yet that the attack was terror-related, a police spokesman said.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SYDNEY • A drive-by shooting outside a nightclub in Melbourne inflicted "horrific injuries" that killed a security guard and wounded three men, Australian police said yesterday, but there was no suggestion yet that the attack was terror-related.

Australia has some of the world's toughest gun control laws, adopted after its worst mass murder, when a gunman killed 35 people at Port Arthur in the island state of Tasmania in 1996.

Yesterday's shooting took place around 3.20am local time in the lively entertainment district of Melbourne's south-eastern suburb of Prahran, police said.

Three security guards and a man queueing to enter were taken to hospital with gunshot injuries, police said in a televised news conference in Melbourne.

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

The victims suffered "horrific injuries" from a weapon fired in close proximity, he added.

One guard died in hospital, another man was in critical condition and two escaped life-threatening injuries. One guard was shot in the face, The Age newspaper said.

However, there was no suggestion yet that the attack was terror-related, a police spokesman said.

Detectives are expected to investigate links between an outlawed motorcycle gang and the club, The Age said.

Bloodstained clothing and bullet casings littered the street outside the entrance to the second-storey Love Machine nightclub early yesterday.

Neighbouring New Zealand has adopted legislation to ban semi-automatic firearms and assault rifles after its worst peacetime shooting last month, which killed 50 worshippers in two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

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