Gunshot kills Lara man: Two women ‘help with investigation’

By Natalee Kerr

A man has died after a shooting at Lara on Wednesday night, according to police.

Paramedics took the 34-year-old Lara resident to The Alfred with life-threatening injuries but he died on Thursday afternoon, police said.

Emergency services attended a Bacchus Marsh Rd property about 6pm following reports of the shooting, police said.

Investigators released two 29-year-old women from Newtown and Lara after they assisted with enquiries.

Police also arrested a Bell Park man, 35, at the scene for unrelated matters before also releasing him, police said.

The circumstances of the shooting were yet to be determined and the investigation was ongoing when the Indy went to press on Thursday afternoon.

Regional police and the armed crime squad were assisting homicide squad detectives with the investigation.

The man’s death was part of a tragic Thursday in Geelong.

Hours before he died a 21-year-old woman was killed in a collision with a car at Barwon Heads.

Police believed that the car struck the woman outside an APCO service station on Geelong Rd about 3.30am.

The male driver was uninjured and stopped to assist the woman, police said.

She died at the scene. Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

Police closed Geelong Rd for several hours following the incident.

A staff member at the service station was unable to provide any further information about the collision when the Indy called yesterday morning.

“No one else here knows anything about it,” the staff member said.

Victoria’s road toll was 242 yesterday afternoon compared to 194 at the same time in 2018, according to Victoria Police figures.

Police urged anyone with information or who witnessed either incident to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 or to submit a confidential crime report at crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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