Victim shot dead in driveway at 1am
A MANHUNT was under way in Melbourne’s east last night after a man was shot dead in a Ringwood driveway.
The shooting happened in Barkly St about 1.05am yesterday. Footage from a nearby shop’s CCTV shows an unidentified man in the vicinity shortly before the killing.
About 90 seconds later, a dark car is seen travelling from the opposite direction before making a sharp U-turn.
The Herald Sun is not suggesting that the man or the car are connected to the shooting. Homicide squad detectives are keen to speak to anyone with information about any suspicious activity at the time.
A friend of the shot man banged on the door of a nearby house begging for help.
Emergency services were called and police found the body of the 28-year-old Essendon man lying in the driveway.
Parsanjit Singh and Gurleen Kaur said they were woken by loud banging on their front door just after 1am. “A man was screaming for help and banging on the doors and windows shouting ‘Andrew’ ... we were so scared and we called the police right away,” Mr Singh said.
“I think they were running from somewhere else because we heard them come through the front garden,” he said.
“I have lived here for three years and nothing like this has ever happened.”
Another local said the shooting had shaken her. “I start work at 7am so I usually leave home about 6am when it’s dark, I am scared to go out in the dark now,” she said.
Forensics investigators were yesterday seen examining a blue backpack that appeared to have been dumped on the side of the road in nearby Maidstone St.
A black Holden wagon in Ellison St, about 500m away from where the body was found, was also examined then towed away. It is understood car keys and a wallet were removed from it by police.
Officers also spent yesterday morning searching front gardens, nature strips and storm drains in Maidstone and Barkly streets.
Officers were seen removing a large metal stake from one front garden.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at crimestoppersvic.com.au