A suburban home in Melbourne’s north with links to alleged gangland figure Mohammed Charif Oueida has been targeted for the second time in less than a week.
Victoria Police said offenders poured accelerant on the driveway of the Fawkner home on Major Road before setting the parked blue Toyota Camry sedan alight overnight. They then fled in a waiting vehicle. This vehicle was found a short time later, also torched.
Emergency services were called to the property about 3:20am on Thursday 28 December 2023. A short time later, a second car – thought to be a white Toyota Camry – was found on fire at the intersection of William and Lowson streets.
There were no injuries, but both fires were being treated as suspicious.
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The car fires come just five days after a gunman opened fire at the doorway and tried to force his way in.
Three people were inside the home at the time but no one was injured.
A stolen Suzuki Swift was later found torched on Fashion Pde in Broadmeadows with a gun inside.
Two gunmen remain on the run following the 23 December 2023 attack.
Police have not yet confirmed any links between the shooting on Saturday and today’s car fires.
A nearby resident, who spoke anonymously for his safety, said he heard the “thud, thud, thud of what sounded like gunfire” overnight before noticing a glow of what he later discovered was the car fire. Police do not believe shots were fired during today’s attack.
The investigation into both these incidents is ongoing.
Oueida remains behind bars in Western Australia after police uncovered 14kg of methamphetamine, $10,000 cash and encrypted mobile phones at a Perth home in June.