One of Australia’s most feared gangland officials was shot dead in broad daylight on Saturday as he sat outside a Melbourne cafe.
Gavin “Capable” Preston, 50, was hit with 10 bullets in a shocking and public attack that has brought gang violence to the surface.
shot the notorious criminal. There were no arrests.are now looking for two suspected men
VictoriaActing Superintendent Mark Hatt said, “We believe it is organizational related.” and that will be part of our future investigation.
“I can assure the public that we believe this was a targeted attack.”
Preston was released from prison earlier this year after serving more than a decade for the 2012 killing of drug dealer Adam Khoury.
His death has shone a light on Australia’s “underground” crime world and those who are part of it.
Mediator and debt collector Domenic “Mick” Gatto, 68, is a high-profile member, having once been part of Melbourne’s inner-city Carlton Crew along with Alphonse Gangitano.Condello and Graham Kinniburgh, who were killed in the city’s gang war from 1998 to 2010.
In fact, he’s so well-known that an Australian tourist recently recognized him immediately as the heavily tattooed man relaxing by the pool in Bali.
Gatto gained national fame in 2008 when he was played by Simon Westaway in the popular crime drama Underbelly.
He shot hitman Andrew “Benji” Veniamin in the Carlton restaurantHowever, in March 2004, Porchella claimed self-defense and was acquitted of murder.
Gavin Preston was once suspected of plotting to assassinate him.
Preston was caught by police outside Melbourne City Hall in 2011 alongside his close associate Nabil Maghnie, 44.
It was believed that the couple intended to shoot Gatto in a restaurant, although Preston publicly denied the claim.
Maghnie himself is considered one of the most dangerous men in the country and is suspected of non-fatal shootings, drive-by robberies and drug trafficking.
It is rumored that he and Preston were behind the 2011 ambush of Bandido biker Toby Mitchell in Brunswick.
Maghnie survived two shootings – once by rival gangster George Marrogi – but was killed for a third time in 2020.
Preston’s death comes after 22-year-old Korey Kesici was killed in a similar execution-style shooting in Melbourne last year.
The young man was shot in front of his house.
He was shot multiple times after speaking to men sitting in a stolen white BMW and died in the street in front of his parents and sisters.
The Herald Sun reported At the time, convicted murderer George Marrogi, 34, was under investigation in connection with Kesici’s murder despite being locked up in Victoria’s maximum security Barwon .
It was alleged that Marrogi ran his Notorious Crime gangbehind bars.
An hour after Kesici’s murder, a cryptic message appeared on Marrogi’s Instagram: “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will grant you the desires of your heart.”
Marrogi is serving a prison sentence for the murder of fellow criminal Kadir Ors in 2016 and is suspected of being involved in other shootings.
He was one of the main suspects when Nabil Maghnie was shot and injured in 2016.
Matthew Johnson, 50, is another feared member ofhas plunged into the underworld, particularly after murdering drug lord Carl Williams in Barwon Prison in 2010.
It was suspected that the murder was related to the serious potential consequences that would have resulted if Williams had cooperated with police.
Johnson also shared insightful insights on social media, including the poem: “Problems are solved with chaos and violence.”
“Surrounded by concrete and a code of silence.
“People live and people die.
“We operate an eye for an eye.”
In one Conversation with the ABC On air this week, Herald Sun veteran police reporter Mark Butler said Preston’s death was not necessarily an indication of impending war.
He said: “There have been a number of incidents over the last year or so…
“I see no indication that a gang war is breaking out here.
“There are always these predictions after people get shot. After Nabil Maghnie was shot.” [there were predictions] There would be bloodshed, but there wasn’t, so that’s not guaranteed.
But Mr Butler said some people were considering backing down in light of Preston’s death.