A bullet ridden van abandoned in the middle of a major freeway led to police to a grisly discovery. Picture: David Crosling
A bullet ridden van abandoned in the middle of a major freeway led to police to a grisly discovery. Picture: David Crosling

Man shot to death in ‘targeted attack’

A MAN'S body has been found in a bullet-ridden van after being shot to death on a Melbourne freeway.

The man, who police have not released information about, was found in a white van on the EastLink freeway at Donvale about 2.20am on Saturday.

It was a "targeted attack" and the public should not be concerned for their safety, Detective Acting Inspector Peter Trichias told reporters on Saturday.

"I want to reassure the public that the shooting itself does not appear to be random, it appears to be a targeted attack," he said.

 

The van was left in the middle of the major freeway. Picture: David Crosling
The van was left in the middle of the major freeway. Picture: David Crosling

 

The man was shot to death. Picture: David Crosling
The man was shot to death. Picture: David Crosling

 

It is understood the car was moving at the time the victim was shot.

"A male person has been shot in his vehicle in and around the Mullum Mullum tunnel," he said.

But despite being confident about the victim's identity including his age, Det Insp Trichias would not reveal any details.

 

A man was found dead in a van on the EastLink Freeway after an overnight shooting. Picture: AAP Image/Julian Smith
A man was found dead in a van on the EastLink Freeway after an overnight shooting. Picture: AAP Image/Julian Smith

 

Police conduct a line search at Dandenong Creek. Picture: AAP Image/Julian Smith
Police conduct a line search at Dandenong Creek. Picture: AAP Image/Julian Smith

 

Police and SES conduct searches around Mountain Highway in Bayswater. Picture: David Crosling
Police and SES conduct searches around Mountain Highway in Bayswater. Picture: David Crosling

 

The inspector would not say whether the deceased had crime links but said there was "no indication" the shooting was in retaliation for another incident.

There were no descriptions of suspects available but they believe more than one person was involved.

Detectives were also combing scenes at Mooroolbark and Bayswater where two dumped cars were found which may be linked to the shooting.

 

Several gunshot holes can be seen in the drivers side door. Picture: David Crosling
Several gunshot holes can be seen in the drivers side door. Picture: David Crosling

 

The offenders were believed to have been at the Bayswater location where a car was found abandoned near a football club and may have fled through the park. The firearm involved in the shooting has not been recovered, the detective confirmed.

More to come.


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