A series of violent crime in Melbourne has been blamed on an alleged Mafia City developer.
Police have also said they have not ruled out an involvement of the local mob.
The Victorian Government has ordered an investigation into the killing of a former City of Hope worker, who was shot in the head by a gang member who was arrested on a gun charge.
Victoria Police Commissioner Mark Field said the man’s death was “particularly concerning given his status as a prominent and prominent member of the community”.
“The circumstances surrounding the death of this individual are now being investigated by Victoria Police,” he said.
Mr Field said investigators were seeking witnesses who could provide information about the shooting. “
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their continued support.”
Mr Field said investigators were seeking witnesses who could provide information about the shooting.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, who is leading the state’s inquiry, said the “vicious and heinous” killing of Mr Lee was a “very tragic and terrible incident”.
He said the death was an “act of violence that is a direct result of the vicious and heinous act that was committed in this manner.”
Victoria police said they had not ruled anything out as a motive, but had not confirmed whether the shooting was linked to the Mafia City development.
Mr Lee, a former Melbourne City of Chance employee, was shot twice during a dispute with an alleged gang member at the site of a $500,000 development.
The victim, who had a history of mental health issues, was in a coma for several weeks before dying.
Police said they were investigating whether Mr Lee’s death had been the result of gang rivalry, but did not say whether the dispute involved a rival group or not.
More than $500 million has been spent on a $4.2 billion City of Dreams development project across three blocks of land.
Residents are angry about what they say are excessive development fees and the lack of local planning oversight.
It comes after the murder of a 28-year-old homeless man who was found dead on a Melbourne street in December.
Homeless man murdered on Melbourne street The killing of 28- year-old Stephen Lee is the latest in a string of killings linked to a Mafia City project, which has been plagued by complaints of inadequate planning and environmental issues.
Mafia City developer Andrew Lee was shot and killed on a Sydney street.
His murder sparked a wave of anger over the development, which is now being scrutinised by the Victorian Government.
But Mr Lee, who has lived on the street for four years, was not the only person killed in recent weeks.
A 27-year old man was shot dead in the street by another man who had also been found dead.
Neighbour, John, said Mr Lee “did not deserve” to die.
He was shot four times in the back, which caused the death.
‘You just want to get out of here’The man who shot Mr Lee has not been charged and has been released from hospital.
Friends of the victim said he was “a very loving man who just wanted to get away from the world”.
Mr Lane, who now lives in a homeless shelter, said he had been living in the same street for a year when he was killed.
I’m just going to move out.
I don’t want to be here.
I’ve just got to move away, he told News.org.au.
“[I] just want people to understand that it’s not right to do this to people.
I’m just hoping for someone to do something to get me out of there.”
Mr Lee’s sister, Julie, told News Corp. she was devastated to hear about his death.
“I’m devastated because I know Stephen is not alone,” she said.
“He’s just been robbed, his life was ruined and he’s just gone.”
Mr Lane’s brother, Richard, who lives in the nearby suburb of Cairns, said his brother “wasn’t a good guy” and had “never been in trouble”.
In a statement, Mr Lee had told the ABC he had no previous contact with anyone from the neighbourhood.
ABC News reporter Michael Davenport, who first reported the story, said it was the second killing in Melbourne in two months.