Homicide detectives have released CCTV footage of a man they are searching for in connection with a man being shot dead in a park in Melbourne’s inner south last month.
- Police believe the victim, Daniel O’Shea, went to the park for a pre-arranged meeting
- The CCTV footage shows a man walking from near the shooting scene to Como Park
- Two guns were found in the park the day after the shooting
Joggers found the body of 41-year-old Carnegie man Daniel O’Shea in Fawkner Park, South Yarra about 7:40pm on April 26.
Investigators do not know exactly why Mr O’Shea was in the park that night, but believe it was for a pre-arranged meeting.
The next day, children found two guns in the park which police believe were left behind by the killer.
The CCTV footage shows a man wearing a black jumper and pants and a bright green baseball cap, carrying a white and red Coles plastic shopping bag.
Police believe two guns found in the park are linked to the shooting. (Courtesy: Sunday Herald Sun)
The footage records the man walking from the western side of the park, where Mr O’Shea’s body was found, to the north-east corner of the park, then east along Toorak Road to Como Avenue, where he turned left and walked towards Como Park.
Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper of the homicide squad appealed for public help to identify the man.
“This is a particularly horrendous murder which occurred in one of Melbourne’s most favourite parks,” he said.
“Someone out there knows exactly who this man is. They know who he is, why he was there, and what connection he has to our victim.
“What we need from those people is a name.”
‘Criminal code of silence’ presents challenge
Inspector Stamper said he understood those with connections to the criminal underworld would be reluctant to become involved in the police investigation.
“But regardless of the circumstances, someone has been murdered. We have a mother who has lost a son, people have lost a partner or a friend.
“It’s for those people — and the wider community that is no doubt feeling concerned about something like this happening — that we need to find who is responsible for Daniel’s death.”
Inspector Andrew Stamper said Mr O’Shea had a “pretty extensive and contemporary” criminal history.
“He was well-connected in the criminal community, both nationally and internationally,” he said.
“That’s obviously a very active line of inquiry in terms of where we’re looking at.
“But obviously it presents us with some challenges due to the criminal code of silence.”
Police are also keen to speak to any other people who may have CCTV or dashcam footage of the man, particularly around Como Park, where the man was last sighted.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.