Melbourne crime figure Gavin Preston shot dead in 'targeted' attack outside cafe
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A Melbourne underworld figure has been killed and another man has been critically injured in what police have described as an organised crime shooting outside a cafe in the city's north-west.
Emergency services were called after a number of shots were fired at two men outside the Sweet Lulus cafe in Keilor Village on Old Calder Highway on Saturday about 10.20am, police said.
The ABC understands the deceased man is 50-year-old Melbourne crime figure Gavin Preston.
Acting Superintendent Mark Hatt said the shooting was "targeted".
"We believe it's linked to organised crime and that will form part of our investigation going forward," Superintendent Hatt told reporters.
He said two male offenders, who were dressed in black and travelling in a black Audi SUV, fired shots at the pair who were eating outside the cafe.
The offenders later dumped the vehicle nearby in Blair Court, Keilor, Superintendent Hatt said.
Police were seen wrestling a man and woman to the ground following the shooting, but on Saturday afternoon said there had been no arrests.
A number of other people were dining at the cafe at the time and witnessed the shooting.
"We'll do absolutely everything we possibly can to ensure no further acts like this occur," Superintendent Hatt said.
"I can reassure the public that we believe that this was a targeted attack."
The second man who was shot and critically injured was aged in his 20s and is now undergoing surgery, Superintendent Hatt said.
Prior to being shot dead on Saturday, the ABC understands Gavin Preston had recently been released from prison.
Court documents from 2015 show he was sentenced to 12 years behind bars with a non-parole period of nine years over the 2012 killing of drug trafficker Adam Khoury and serious injury caused to To-Lam Duong, to which he pleaded guilty.
Preston, who was raised in Sunshine in Melbourne's west, had a long criminal history starting with his associations with known criminals in his high school years, the sentencing judge said.
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