Dad killed on Melbourne freeway was beloved footy coach

The hunt is on for a shooter who killed a man in a targeted attack on a Melbourne freeway on Saturday.

The 46-year-old, identified by The Herald Sun as well-known football coach Paul Virgona, was discovered in a bullet-riddled van on the Eastlink at Donvale about 2.20am.

Police and emergency services responded to reports of a car spinning out and blocking the inbound lanes, according to a police media statement.

“The shooting itself does not appear to be random, it appears to be a targeted attack,” Detective Acting Inspector Peter Trichias confirmed during a press conference on Saturday morning.

A 46-year-old man was found shot dead in his car on Saturday morning. Source: AAP.

Police have not found the gun involved in the shooting or revealed any details about potential suspects. 

However, police are investigating whether two abandoned vehicles located in Mooroolbark and Bayswater later the same day are linked to the incident.

Detective Trichias also said it was “likely” more than one person was involved in the targeted attack.

Mr Virgona, a father, was appointed as the coach of the Croydon Under 19’s football team in October this year, according to The Herald Sun.

“We welcome Paul and his family to the Croydon Football Club Community and wish him all the best for season 2020,” Croydon Football and Netball Club wrote on Facebook on October 15.

President of the Croydon Football Club, Anthony Thompson, told The Age Mr Virgona “seemed like a quiet family guy” and said it was “really quite sad” as he had kids.

The 36-year-old also ran Virgona’s Fresh Produce, which supplies produce to restaurants, cafes and bars all over Melbourne.

-With AAP.

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