At least 1 killed, 3 injured in Melbourne nightclub shooting

A general view of Melbourne where police said multiple people were shot in the city’s Prahran district

A general view of Melbourne where police said multiple people were shot in the city’s Prahran district

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man died and another was left in a critical condition following a shooting outside a Melbourne nightclub this morning.

No arrests have been made.

Bloodstained clothing and bullet casings littered the street outside the entrance to the second-storey Love Machine nightclub early on Sunday.

Local media said there were three or four victims and that the entire area has been cordoned off.

A 26-year-old man also took himself to hospital on Sunday afternoon with injuries stemming from the shooting but they were not life-threatening.

The Age reports a security guard was shot in the face, and another guard and a patron were wounded in the shooting involving a stolen black Porsche Cayenne.

Police said the auto was later found burnt out in Wollert, in Melbourne's north.

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"Obviously they're gunshot wounds from fairly close proximity, so horrific injuries", he said.

Police are investigating and appealing for anyone with video footage or information to come forward.

A 37-year-old man from Narre Warren South has since died in hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries, Victoria Police said in a statement.

Seven's Sunday Sunrise spoke with a security guard at the club said he had no idea there had been a shooting outside and there was no panic inside the venue, which was still operating.

A murder-suicide past year which left seven members of a family dead in Western Australia was the country's worst mass shooting since the Port Arthur case.

Australia has a low rate of gun crime, a fact most experts attribute to the tightening of laws on the possession of firearms following the massacre of 35 people on the island of Tasmania by a lone gunman in 1996.

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