Man shot dead in ambush attack on Victorian highway

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·1-min read

A man shot dead on a highway southwest of Melbourne was the victim of a targeted attack, police said.

The man, in his 40s, was found dead on the Princes Highway, in Geelong’s suburb of Corio, on Saturday about 6am.

Police said the man was inside a car on Harpur Road with two other men turning onto a service road to access the highway.

A smashed car with a bullet hole in the windshield on Princes Highway at Corio.
Police believe the fatal shooting of a man inside this car was targeted. Source: Nine News

The car and a Melbourne-bound truck collided, with the car receiving “extensive damage”.

Police said witnesses told them a firearm was discharged from another car at the damaged vehicle before the shooter fled the scene.

Whoever fired the weapon is yet to be found.

The man in his 40s died while two others in the station wagon suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash.

A truck pictured on Princes Highway at Corio.
The driver of the truck is OK, police said. Source: Nine News

“The truck driver was not injured,” police said.

“Detectives are investigating whether another firearm incident that occurred in Norlane prior to the fatal shooting is linked.”

Detective Sergeant Sol Solomon told reporters he said the people in the other car were “very dangerous” and the man shot dead was known to police.

Sgt Solomon added Saturday morning’s scenes would have been traumatic for residents who witnessed it.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report online.

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