The employers of a nightclub security guard who was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Melbourne have spoken out over his death.
Security guard Aaron Khalid Osmani, 37, was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after the shooting outside Love Machine Nightclub in Prahran at 3.20am on Sunday but he later died from his injuries.
In a statement on Sunday afternoon, the nightclub revealed the business wouldn’t be opening its doors in the wake of the shooting.
“We regret to inform you that Love Machine will not be operating tonight,” the statement read.
“The events that occurred outside the venue last night have shocked us deeply and we are working closely with authorities to assist with the ongoing investigation.”
The nightclub thanked emergency services for their response as well as the local community for their “ongoing support”.
“Our thoughts are with the victims, their family and friends during this very difficult time.”
Mr Osmani was one of four people shot in the incident. A 28-year-old man remains in a critical condition in hospital, while two others, a 50-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, received non-life threatening injuries.
Police are yet to make any arrests over the incident and are urging anyone with footage to contact them as investigations continue.
Police are investigating if a black Porsche SUV seen leaving the area is related to the incident.
The Porsche was later found burnt out in Wollert.
Tributes for ‘great man’
Tributes began to flood in for Mr Osmani on social media, with friends remembering him as a “great man”.
“I used to work with the man who passed, he was a great man R.I.P,” a former colleague wrote, while others offered their condolences to his family and friends.
“My sympathy to the family. RIP Aaron,” another said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help fund Mr Osmani’s funeral.
“He was known as a kind, funny and easygoing guy and it’s a great loss to anyone who has had a pleasure of knowing him,” the page reads.
A colleague who commented on the page said: “Thank you for being such a great person Aaron. You will forever be remembered for your kindness. You were not just a supervisor but a friend.”
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