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Outlaw motorcycle gang link to second shooting outside South Melbourne strip club in six weeks


Kittens strip club

Photo: The shooting was the second outside the Kittens strip club in the past six weeks. (ABC News)

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A drive-by shooting outside a South Melbourne strip club may be linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs, Victoria Police say.

It is the second incident at the venue, Kittens Nightclub on Cecil Street, in the past six weeks.

A white Holden ute with a red canopy drove past the club about 10:30pm on Tuesday and a number of shots were fired from the passenger window, police said.

A man in his 40s, who was working as a security guard, was hit in the forehead by three shotgun pellets and was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

In late November, another security guard was injured following a drive-by shooting at the same club.

In that incident, the front window and foyer were hit by shotgun pellets and a car was found burnt-out nearby.

Victoria Police Detective Superintendent Peter de Santo, who is with the anti-gangs division, said there may be a link between outlaw motorcycle gangs and a security company.

He said detectives were investigating whether there was any connection between the two most recent shootings and two others in 2014 and early 2015.

"We're following up certain lines of inquiry in relation to commonalities between shootings and some historical shootings," Detective Superintendent de Santo said.

"What I do want to say to the public of Victoria is these are targeted shootings.

"They are not indiscriminate shootings."

The 4x4 used in last night's shooting was found burnt-out at Melton, north-west of Melbourne.

Detective Superintendent de Santo refused to say which bikie gang was involved, and denied suggestions it was a dispute between gangs.