14 Aug 2010

Man being questioned after killing of criminal

7:37 am on 14 August 2010

Police in Melbourne are questioning a man about the killing of a leading underworld figure.

Macchour Chaouk, 65, was shot dead in his backyard at about 11am on Friday.

Detective Superintendant Murray Fraser says officers are on standby for a possible revenge attack from another family that has a long-running feud with the Chaouks.

The ABC reports police and the family's own lawyer Alan Swanwick have told the courts on a number of occasions the two families are "at war".

Two other men were shot dead at a bar in Melbourne on Friday afternoon. A third man escaped and another is being questioned.

But police say there appears to be no link with the earlier shooting.