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 Sunday, 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 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 and 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 spokeswoman told AFP the shooting was not believed to be linked to terrorism.Investigators were probing links to motorcycle gangs, Melbourne’s Age newspaper reported.