Three teenagers are among six people arrested over the alleged funeral shooting of ex-Mongols bikie Sam ‘The Punisher’ Abdulrahim.
Victoria Police made the arrests more than two months after Abdulrahim was gunned down outside Fawkner Cemetery, in Melbourne’s north, on June 25.
The 32-year-old was shot eight times while sitting in his Mercedes-Benz during his cousin’s funeral procession.
He made a ‘miraculous’ recovery just two weeks later and shared an ominous post showing his bullet-riddled chest from his hospital bed.
Police executed warrants at Epping, Lalor, Craigieburn, Meadow Heights, Docklands and Greenvale at 8.30am on Monday.
The six people arrested allegedly helped two gunmen carry out the ambush with police believing the alleged shooters have fled overseas.
Six people have been arrested over the alleged shooting of ex-Mongols bikie Sam Abdulrahim
Abdulrahim made a ‘miraculous’ recovery just two weeks later and shared an ominous post showing his healing chest from a hospital bed
The 32-year-old, nicknamed ‘The Punisher’, was shot eight times while sitting in his Mercedes-Benz at his cousin’s funeral procession at Fawkner Cemetery (pictured, a wrecked Mazda SUV that crashed as it fled the shooting)
They arrested an 18-year-old Epping man, 18-year-old Lalor man, 20-year-old Meadow Heights woman, 24-year-old Meadow Heights man, 20-year-old Docklands man and a 19-year-old Greenvale man.
‘Today’s arrests are as a result of an exhaustive two-month investigation by detectives from the Armed Crime Squad and I will make it clear that this investigation is far from over,’ Detective Inspector Mark Hatt said.
‘I know this shooting and subsequent carjacking caused significant community concern, as is often the case when we see incidents of significant violence play out so publicly.
‘I want to assure people that police are doing everything we can to hold all of those involved in this incident to account, no matter what role they may have played.’
Attackers travelling in a Mazda ambushed Mr Abdulrahim’s car and fired several rounds into the kickboxer’s luxury vehicle during the bungled shooting.
Abdulrahim then managed to escape and drive to a nearby police station to seek help.
The arrests come after police managed to track down one of the alleged attempted-killers from a pair of plastic fuel cans he bought from Bunnings Warehouse in Epping on June 15.
CCTV footage of the man’s Bunnings purchase shows him taking the two cans to a silver Subaru Impreza WRX with two other people inside.
CCTV footage shows one of the alleged shooters (above) fleeing the scene where he allegedly shot ex-Mongol bikie Sam ‘The Punisher’ Abdulrahim during his cousin’s funeral procession
One of the alleged attempted-assassins (above) was caught on CCTV walking down a residential street with a full Coles shopping bag shortly after the attack
Detectives allege the cans were used to carry fuel intended to incinerate the Mazda SUV driven in the attempted assassination.
However, the jerry cans were never used as the Mazda was destroyed in a crash as it fled the scene of the shooting.
Video footage captured just minutes after the crash shows one of the attempted killers jumping into a fast food restaurant’s bin in an attempt to hide before leaving less than a minute later to find another spot.
Another of the alleged would-be-killers was spotted by CCTV walking down a residential street in Epping with a loaded Coles shopping bag.
However, the almost-killers are likely more worried about revenge from the former Mongol.