Melbourne underworld figure Nabil Maghnie shot dead

One of the most dangerous figures in Melbourne’s underworld, Nabil Maghnie, has been shot dead in the carpark of an Epping fast food restaurant. On January 9 2020, emergency workers were called at 8.30pm to reports that three people had been shot outside a Taco Bill restaurant.

Victoria Police confirmed Maghnie, 45, died at the scene. A son of Maghnie and another man were wounded and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Maghnie’s enemies included Mongols Motorcycle Club members and a northern suburbs crime family. The feared Comanchero associate was most recently questioned about the double fatal shooting at the Love Machine nightclub in April 2019. His son, Jacob Elliott, has been charged with murder over those shootings.

Maghnie was also arrested in November 2019 over the killing of drug trafficker Mitat Rasimi but was released without charge. There had been two previous attempts on Maghnie's life, including one when he drove himself to hospital after being shot in the head in 2016.

The exact circumstances surrounding his death are still to be determined but police believe the parties involved were known to each other.