Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Drive-by targets site of Melbourne killing


A drive-by shooting has targeted a Melbourne home where a man was shot dead only three days earlier. The peppering of gunfire struck a parked car and a fence of a Preston home in the city's north about 5am (AEDT) on Tuesday. The shots narrowly missed striking four people who were sleeping in the home. The street was blocked off while worried neighbours stayed indoors and were later interviewed by officers door-knocking the area. Armed crime detectives are now investigating any links between the drive-by shooting and the death of 35-year-old Mathew Schmidt, who was gunned down on Saturday in the driveway of the home while visiting his family. Neighbours had heard shouting in the driveway that day, moments before a single shot rang out. Mr Schmidt later died in hospital and detectives soon laid a murder charge against a 64-year-old man, who faces a committal mention in May. Police say the getaway car used in Tuesday's drive-by was spotted speeding out of Ambon Street and heading west, but a detailed description has not been released. Neighbours have described the street as the scene of drug dealing and ongoing disturbances.

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