It was supposed to be just another night out. However, as the morning of 14 April dawned upon the city of Melbourne, a security guard is dead and three men are fighting for their lives after a drive-by shooting outside a popular Melbourne nightclub.
The shooting took place at the Love Machine nightclub in Prahran – just outside the city, at 3.20am local time. Amongst the victims, a Narre Warren South man who worked as a security guard at the venue has died in the hospital, having been shot at “in close proximity”. Among the victims, one remains in critical condition in the hospital, and two others suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities have stated that no links have been drawn between the incident and terror-related motivations as of yet. However, they will be investigating connections between an outlawed motorcycle gang and the club.
Stricter Gun Laws?
The shooting occurred just days after The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia called for gun-laws to be a focus of every candidate in Australia’s upcoming federal election. Mass shootings in Australia have been rare – with the worst one happening in 1996 in Tasmania. It took the lives of 35 people and led to the complete overhaul of gun ownership in the nation, including the complete ban of automatic and semi-automatic weapons and the destruction of more than one million guns.
This, in tandem with the Christchurch shootings last month, shows how gun policies can be influenced by real-time shooting events.
Love Machine nightclub has released a statement on its closure following the tragic news. In addition, a GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds covering the funeral costs of Mr. Aaron Khalid Osmani, the security guard who lost his life in the incident.
People are advised to steer clear of the area while police are urging anyone with video footage of the incident to contact them, as they attempt to source out the perpetrators to this horrific crime.