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  • Police hunt gunman after ‘senseless’ fatal shooting of Sunshine West father Toan Truong

    2018 - 07.01

    The scene of the fatal shooting in Alison Street, Sunshine West. Photo: Paul Jeffers Forensic police at the scene. Photo: Penny Stephens
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    Toan Truong with his wife Qwen and son Ethan. Photo: Courtesy Ten Eyewitness News

    A gunman is still on the run after a father was shot dead in his family’s home in Melbourne’s west on Tuesday morning.

    Toan Truong, 43, was shot dead when he disturbed a masked intruder on the ground floor of his Allison Street home in Sunshine West about 5.25am.

    Mr Truong’s heavily pregnant wife, Qwen, and three-year-old son, Ethan, were just metres away.

    The 43-year-old managed to tell his wife to call triple-0, but died before police and paramedics arrived.

    His wife raised the alarm and then called family members, many of whom were seen crying and wailing outside the house in the hours after the shooting.

    Mr Truong’s distraught mother collapsed in the middle of the street and needed to be helped by family members and emergency services.

    His brother, Tai Truong, said the slaying of his younger brother was “senseless”.

    “The killing of my little brother is really to me senseless … and I will just never understand,” he told reporters at the scene.

    “The world is left with a single mother of one and a half. His wife is very distraught at the moment.”

    One of five children, Mr Truong arrived in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam in 1978.

    Tai Truong described his brother as a “larrikin” and a “typical Aussie”.

    “We will miss him very, very deeply,” he said.

    Police spent much of Tuesday interviewing Mr Truong’s wife, as well as his brother, Detective Inspector Mick Hughes of the homicide squad said.

    Detectives are investigating whether the father had been dealing drugs from the property.

    “That’s one avenue we’re looking at,” Inspector Hughes said.

    “The murder investigation is the priority.”

    However, he emphasised the victim did not have a criminal record.

    “It’s a burglary in the early hours of the morning. I think any normal person, if they heard someone at the back of their house, they would probably go and investigate,” Inspector Hughes told reporters.

    He said the father was known to police, having been contacted by officers about five years ago over a “very minor matter”.

    “In effect, he’s been spoken to by police at some stage,” Inspector Hughes said.

    “He’s what we call a field contact … any one of us could be a field contact if we’ve spoken to police and there’s a reason to record that.”

    However, he said it was not yet clear whether it was a targeted attack, or a burglary gone wrong.

    The intruder is described as being a caucasian male, with a thin build and green eyes. He was wearing a blue mask and a black cap, police said.

    It is believed the shooter entered the house after breaking a rear window. Shattered glass was found at the scene.

    It appeared he ran off through back door and jumped two neighbouring fences, before fleeing in a car.

    A police dog tracked the offender a short distance, but lost the scent at the point where detectives believe the getaway car was parked on Allison Street.

    Neighbours have told police they heard gunshots, someone screaming and the sound of a car speeding off.

    Allison Street resident Alana Dalli said it was normally a peaceful area.

    “I would feel safe to knock on any of these doors if I was going for a walk … because we know everybody in this street,” she told radio station 3AW.

    “Believe it or not, Sunshine is not that bad.

    “To wake up to this in the morning is a bit tragic and sad, you now, you get pulled back thinking, ‘what world do we live in now?.'”

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