Ex-Mongols bikie Sam Abdulrahim shot leaving Melbourne funeral
The offenders sped from the scene but crashed the Mazda into a fire hydrant and pole near the intersection with Sydney Road.
They ditched the damaged Mazda and carjacked a Ford Territory from a woman and her son at the nearby petrol station and sped off.
“Firearms were produced in the carjacking but … the mother and her son were not injured, but obviously a terrifying experience,” Acting Superintendent Boris Buick said.
Police were still searching for the Ford Territory with registration 1TD3RB on Saturday evening.
When asked if police knew the identities of the shooters, Buick said: “No idea who they are.”
He was unable to say if there could be retaliatory attacks. “Obviously an incident like this is terrifying for the public to witness, terrifying for the people who are involved,” he said.
“Victoria Police has committed significant local and specialist resources to this matter and initial investigation. It’s obviously very early in the investigation, and many inquiries are under way.”
A professional kickboxer, who has fought under the name “The Punisher”, Abdulrahim was jailed for two years after he caused the death of an 88-year-old great-grandmother while driving a high-powered Ferrari 360 Spider at almost 50 kilometres over the speed limit on the wrong side of the road in Melbourne’s north in 2015.
That same year, Abdulrahim made headlines when he was involved in a wild brawl on the third level of the Melbourne Magistrates Court building with another kickboxer, Omar Bchinnati.
Security guards and police used capsicum spray to quell the fight. Abdulrahim was found guilty of assault and fined $2000.
Abdulrahim is a beneficiary owner of boxing promotion company Punisher Promotions, but does not appear on any corporate records connected to the business.
A crime scene was set up outside the Fawkner police station on Sydney Road in Hadfield, 15 kilometres north of the Melbourne CBD.
Detectives were also scouring the corner of Box Forest Road and Sydney Road, less than two kilometres north of the police station.
The police helicopter was also deployed.
Anyone who witnessed the incident, with CCTV/dash cam footage, or with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.
with Ashleigh McMillan
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