A pedestrian shot in the chest by an unknown motorist in Melbourne’s CBD is lucky to be alive, police say.
Police are searching for a driver who pulled out a handgun and shot a man in the chest in Melbourne’s CBD on Sunday morning.
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Man shot in Melbourne CBD
Police investigate after a 26-year-old man is found with a gunshot wound on his upper body. Nine News.
Detective Sergeant Nathan Favre, of the Armed Crime Taskforce said the attack was violent and concerning, with the victim lucky to survive.
‘‘To receive a gunshot wound to the chest, you’re extremely luck to survive it. In this case, I consider the victim very lucky,’’ he said.
The injured man, 26, of Carlton, had been involved in an argument among a group of men known to each other, at the corner of Elizabeth and La Trobe streets about 3am.
Detectives from the Armed Crime Taskforce say the dispute spilled onto the road and one of the men may have bumped into a vehicle that was driving past.
Detective Sergeant Favre said that the reason for a passing motorist stopping was still unclear.
‘‘For some reason or another, a motorist has stopped and become involved talking to the group of males,’’ he said.
‘‘Whilst this is happening, I guess we can assume that an altercation has developed and during that altercation that the driver of the motor vehicle, who was on the footpath at the time, has pulled out a handgun and discharged it into the chest of one of the males.’’
The injured man, originally from NSW, was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Police are hunting for the gunman, who was driving a silver or dark-grey hatchback with a smashed front passenger-side window.
Detective Sergeant Favre said the window was smashed with a skateboard by one of the men, in a bid to stop the shooter getting away.
‘‘It’s certainly of concern that an incident like this can escalate to the extent that you discharge a firearm, let alone discharging a firearm into someone’s chest where you would certainly foresee that there would be at least a serious injury, if not death, result from it.
‘‘It’s an isolated incident of violence but we’re always concerned when somebody is in possession of a firearm and, certainly, when they use them.’’
Police are reviewing security footage and hope to speak to the injured man later on Sunday.
People are being urged to call triple-0 if they see the vehicle.