A YOUNG man who was caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting and shot while standing in line outside a Melbourne nightclub last weekend has sadly died in hospital, taking the death toll from the attack to two.
Richard Arow, 28, was one of six people who were injured when a volley of shots were fired toward the Love Machine nightclub from a stolen Porsche Cayenne about 3am last Sunday.
Security guard Aaron Khalid Osmani, 37, died in hospital several hours after the shooting, while Arow passed away from his injuries last night, police said.
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The 28-year-old Sudanese refugee came to Australia as a child and has been remembered as a highly regarded soccer player who had an “everlasting smile”.
Arow’s soccer club, the Westside Strikers Football Club, posted a tribute on social media, remembering the 28-year-old as a “premiership-winning teammate”.
“Richard was held in high regard, his personality and everlasting smile is something we will always remember,” the post read.
“You were not only a leader on the park who gave 110 per cent, but a true gentleman off it. You will be sadly missed,” West Strikers president Sam Raniolo commented.
It’s understood the 28-year-old was aspiring to become a firefighter.
A second man has died following the Melbourne ‘Love Machine’ nightclub shooting. 28yo Richard Arow passed away in hospital last night. His friend Jay Bell wrote, “Words won’t ever be enough 💔 Praying you’re up top with the big man himself… rest easy Big Bro.” @10NewsFirst pic.twitter.com/L6pCLIQO5O
— Kristina Costalos (@kcostalos) April 20, 2019
Four other people were injured in last Sunday’s shooting, including three men aged 26, 29, and 50, and a 20-year-old woman.
The woman is believed to have fallen and hit her head on the ground while trying to flee as the gunshots rang out, while the men sustained non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Detectives from the state’s Homicide Squad are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
It’s understood police are investigating possible links to outlaw motorcycle gangs, or other organised crime groups.
The Porsche SUV used in the shooting was later dumped and set on fire in Wollert.
Anyone with information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.