Mur­derer man­hunt

Vic­tim shot dead in drive­way at 1am

Herald Sun - - NEWS - ED GAR­DINER ed.gar­

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 crimestop­

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