Shootings at Melbourne fight night - 1 dead

DB Cooper

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The card featuring the WBA Oceania cruiserweight fight between Kane Watts and 'Plugger' Joseph ended in a shooting gallery.

One man is dead and two others are injured after a shooting in the foyer area of the Melbourne Pavilion.

Police and paramedics swarmed the venue after shots had been fired around 10pm last night. The area was put into lock-down, with roads blocked and trams stopped.

"The exact circumstances surrounding the shooting are yet to be established," a Victoria Police spokesman said.

Witnesses have been interviewed, but no one is in custody at this stage.

 
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DB Cooper

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@DBerry

Been to the Pavilion many times, as I'm sure you have. Gave going to the Watts-Nichols fight passing interest but didn't end up going.

It was a Brian Amatruda card. I'm sure the usual suspects were present, including 'backer but not allowed to be a promoter' Mick.

Heard anything yet?
 

DB Cooper

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Any rumours as to why this happened? A gang-related shooting?
Had an early night last night. Only woke to the news about half an hour ago.

There are always interesting clientele - including 'colourful identities' as they are referred to - at Melbourne boxing events.
 
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There was a big announcement yesterday afternoon about the identity of a lawyer who has been ratting to the authorities about her own clients. But it is drawing a long bow to suggest any connection between that and last night's shootings.
 

DB Cooper

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Bad news.


According to this article, Junlong Zhang was supposed to be on the card too, yet not listed on Boxrec?


Yeah, saw that. At this stage I don't even know how many fights on the card were actually completed.

The shooting occurred at around 10pm. So the main event may not have even taken place by then.

I did read people were still leaving the venue around midnight though.

Early days for much accuracy in the reporting just yet.
 

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@DBerry

Been to the Pavilion many times, as I'm sure you have. Gave going to the Watts-Nichols fight passing interest but didn't end up going.

It was a Brian Amatruda card. I'm sure the usual suspects were present, including 'backer but not allowed to be a promoter' Mick.

Heard anything yet?
Nah, heard nothing, I had some mates going last night but I had too much on this weekend.
 

DB Cooper

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I’d put money on it being bikies.
Reported to have occurred in the foyer area. Once you get in the door there's the ticket box on your left and then it is pretty open. There's also that elevated VIP area with the windows just past the ticket box where all the suits sit. You may be able to see the foyer area from up there - can't remember.

Someone must have seen something. But temporary blindness often kicks in with these things. Better you didn't see anything.
 

DB Cooper

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Promoter of last night's fights Brian Amatruda :

"I will be on the front foot here.
"There was a terrible incident outside the venue tonight by some people who were not patrons.
"Thank goodness none of our staff or clients were involved.
"As this was outside and after consultation with police and the combat sports and the fact no one was in any danger we continued on with the main event which went 10 rounds and was won by Kane Watts over a game Jayen 'Plugger' Joseph.
"Certainly a bad incident and one that will probably give the sport a bad stigma even though it was completely out of our control.
"Been a long night and a regrettable one at that.
"I am only posting as to the hundreds of messages asking if I’m ok."

(Facebook)
 
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Reported to have occurred in the foyer area. Once you get in the door there's the ticket box on your left and then it is pretty open. There's also that elevated VIP area with the windows just past the ticket box where all the suits sit. You may be able to see the foyer area from up there - can't remember.

Someone must have seen something. But temporary blindness often kicks in with these things. Better you didn't see anything.
Interesting that this happened an hour or so before

 
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The second man shot last night has suffered a life-threatening gunshot wound and is in hospital in a critical condition. The third person, whose gender was not revealed by police, was struck by a bullet but is in a stable condition.

Police say shots were fired inside the foyer of the venue and that a number of vehicles were hit in the street.

Inside among the crowd were members of the Haddara family, Mick Gatto and Toby Mitchell.

Detective Sergeant Sol Solomon from the Homicide Squad told reporters this morning that officers were “extremely disturbed” by the brazen nature of the attack.

“An incident occurred out the front of the club, whereby three of the victims were shot,” he said.

“One was killed at the scene out the front of the Pavilion Club, and two others were shot.

One was shot inside the foyer of the club. A third victim received a gunshot wound, we’re not sure exactly where.”

He said there were “quite a number of shots” fired and police believed it was a targeted attack. They have not ruled out links to bikie activity and are going through CCTV footage from the street and from inside the venue to determine the exact sequence of events.

“At this point in time, we have not identified those responsible … we have not identified the motive, however the information we have gleaned so far makes us confident this was a targeted attack,” Detective Solomon said.

Detective Solomon said the shooters were captured on CCTV walking from the venue but it was not clear whether they entered a car or continued on foot.

He said all three victims “were known to police” but there was “no information as to whether it was gang-related”.

Reporters asked him whether there was any truth to reports of an argument inside between patrons at two tables. He said that police were aware of the reports and were looking into their credibility.
 

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Man that's shitty. I hope no bystanders were caught up in it.

Gang members will be Gang members though they don't give a fuck about our sport.
 
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Looking down at blood and broken glass on the footpath from the shootings :

 

DB Cooper

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The media have gone very quiet on this story this morning.

There was a variety of inconsistency in the reporting of the details of the incident yesterday.

One version is that there was an argument between two tables of patrons inside that escalated and then headed outside. Numerous shots were fired by 2 gunmen - starting in the foyer. Have heard anywhere from 3 shots to about 10 were fired, before the 2 gunmen fled.

This conflicts with what promoter Brian Amatruda claimed on Facebook yesterday. But his priority would naturally be to disconnect the incident with his promotion as a much as possible.
 

DB Cooper

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Police have released pictures of 3 suspects wanted in connection with the shootings, two of them brothers. I have heard their own home was shot up in a drive-by recently. So this thing has already reached the tit for tat stage and may escalate from here.

The three were seen fleeing the venue just after the shooting and noticed to have kicked one of the shooting victims after they shot him.

Police are now confirming the first two shootings occurred outside the venue and the third in the foyer.

I get the impression the three victims were probably outside having a smoke when approached by the gunmen and one of the victims managed to make it inside, before being shot.
 

DB Cooper

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The wanted goons :



Police also looking for a 4th, so far unnamed accomplice.