Two suspects in an attempted murder that rocked Melbourne’s underworld may have fled the country on fake passports, police fear.
Ex-Mongols chief Sam Abdulrahim, 30, was shot eight times as he sat in his Mercedes Benz outside his cousin’s funeral in Melbourne’s north on June 25 but miraculously survived.
On Monday, 18-year-old Epping man Yasir Al Qassim was charged with attempted murder over the incident – but Victoria Police say he’s not the only suspect.
Detective Inspector Mark Hatt said it was possible others fled the country within a matter of days of Mr Abdulrahim’s shooting.
“We know who they are, we know where they are. And we will be bringing them back in due course to face justice,” Inspector Hatt said.
“This investigation is far from over.”
After the terrifying shooting of Mr Abdulrahim, a professional boxer known as “The Punisher”, police said the assailants fled in a Mazda SUV before crashing into a fire hydrant.
The two occupants of the car got out and carjacked a nearby Ford Territory.
Mr Al Qassim, who is also charged with possessing a firearm, theft of motor vehicle and driving while suspended, appeared briefly late on Monday evening in the Melbourne Magistrates Court, where his legal team said they would apply for bail on Friday.
Police arrested five others on Monday in relation to the shooting: an 18-year-old Lalor man, a 20-year-old Meadow Heights woman, a 24-year-old Meadow Heights man, a 19-year-old Greenvale man, and a 20-year-old Docklands man.