Authorities are intensifying their search for two suspects involved in the shooting death of known underworld figure, Gavin Preston, in a cafe in Melbourne’s north-west this past weekend. The 50-year-old Preston was fatally shot at close range in the presence of other patrons at a Keilor cafe on Saturday morning. Surveillance footage captured the assailant, dressed in black, opening fire on Preston, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The attacker fled in a black Audi, later found abandoned, and is believed to have switched to a black Volkswagen Polo, which was also later found deserted.
This incident occurred shortly after a major disturbance in the CBD where a vehicle collision resulted in one death and several injuries on Bourke Street. Police have since arrested a 26-year-old Melton West man in connection with the incident, charging him with numerous counts including murder and attempted murder.
The violence has raised concerns among local businesses about safety in the city. Christina Zhao from the Melbourne Chinatown Business Association has highlighted calls for increased nighttime police patrols and state government intervention to reinforce safety measures and restore public confidence.
In response to the unrest, Victoria Police Chief Commissioner, Simon Patton, and Premier Daniel Andrews reassured the community of the city’s safety and vowed decisive action against those responsible for the recent acts of violence. They urged the public to remain vigilant and continue supporting local businesses amidst the ongoing investigations.