Vic brother speaks of tyre shop shooting

Rick Goodman

A man says "everything went to hell" the day he was shot in both legs and his brother was killed by a gunman at a Melbourne tyre business.

An emotional Elvis Shabani told a court he and his older brother Edmund Shabani went to Westwood Wheels and Tyres in Ravenhall one afternoon in October to get a wheel alignment.

They had planned to take their wives shopping later that day but it never happened because Ahmad El-Chakik allegedly pulled up in a ute.

Elvis was shot in both thighs and survived but Edmund, 40, was shot in the stomach, chest and leg and died despite first aid from a neighbouring business owner.

El-Chakik, 41, later drove himself to a police station and was charged with murdering Edmund and seriously injuring Elvis.

But he claims he was acting in self-defence and he told police he thought the brothers would've killed him.

El-Chakik is facing a hearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court to determine whether he stands trial and on Monday Elvis gave evidence, breaking down in tears at one point.

Elvis said he and his brother were in the workshop when El-Chakik pulled up and called them over.

The brothers, who ran a tyre business of their own, knew of El-Chakik as he had been a customer at their shop.

Evlis said he saw El-Chakik had a gun pointed at them and Edmund wrestled with him through the driver's door.

He then heard a loud "bang" and tried to intervene by getting his brother out of the way but he too was shot.

"It happened so fast," he said. "Everything went to hell."

Elvis said he crumpled to the ground, with one leg "broken", and couldn't stand to help his brother.

In cross-examination by El-Chakik's lawyer Theo Kassimatis QC, Elvis was questioned about his criminal record, which includes pleading guilty to making threats to kill.

Elvis was also asked about an incident at a milk bar years earlier in which the Shabani brothers were supposedly attacked with poles by El-Chakik's brothers.

"They are sitting behind you (in court)," Elvis said of the milk bar attackers.

"Was there a basis for it (the attack)?" Mr Kassimatis asked.

"I've got no idea. You can ask them yourself."

More details about the relationships between the people involved are expected to come out as the hearing continues on Tuesday.