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Man killed in 'random' drive-by shooting in Geelong

A woman has described how a man died in her arms after being shot in what police suspect may have been a random drive-by shooting in Geelong.

Margaret Day was in her Anakie Road home in Bell Post Hill when she heard gunshots about 11pm on Tuesday.

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A man has been shot dead after a verbal argument in the Geelong suburb of Bell Post Hill.

She ran outside to find a man on the ground with gunshot wounds to his stomach and two women in hysterics.

Ms Day tried to comfort the injured man and put her hands on his ankles.

"He said, 'I feel like I'm bleeding to death,' and I said, 'Don't speak any more'," she told radio station 3AW.

"And everyone was trying to say 'who shot you, how do you feel', just pushing unnecessary questions [on somebody] who was just trying to stay alive."


Ms Day said the man's last words were: "I can't speak."

"I just felt him slipping away so, so, so quick." 

The victim - a 36-year-old man from the neighbouring suburb of Norlane - could not be revived by paramedics.

Police said the man was walking with two women in the middle of Anakie Road and behaving erratically before the shooting.

He was waving and yelling at passing cars, prompting several members of the public to call triple zero.

He was also seen arguing with one of the women who was accompanying him.

One of the cars the man approached - a black sedan - pulled over.

The man was seen with his hands outstretched yelling at those in the car, when the shots were fired.

The car was last seen speeding from the scene.

Another resident, who requested to be known only as Maria, saw the shooting from her bedroom window.

She told 3AW she ducked for cover as the shots were fired and could hear the screams of the women who were with the man.

"I saw the car coming … then, bang, bang, bang, bang," Maria said.

Homicide Detective Sergeant Graham Ross said it was not yet clear if the man knew his attackers.

"It's quite possible it could be a random confrontation between him and a driver of a car …who's stopped because this person is in the middle of the road," Sergeant Ross said at the scene on Wednesday.

Police do not yet have an accurate description of the car, other than that it was a black sedan.

It is the first Victorian shooting death of the year, and comes after 2015 was marred with gun violence, prompting Victoria Police to form a new task force and the state government to enact tougher firearm laws earlier than planned.

Most of the fatal shootings from 2015 remain unsolved.

With Nino Bucci


Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.