MAN arrested following the shooting death of Macchour Chaouk

Latest Update 8.17 PM tonight

A MAN has been arrested following the shooting death of crime family patriarch Macchour Chaouk.

A 57-year-old Altona North man was arrested this evening at a residential address in Altona North.

Melbourne Chaouk was gunned down at his heavily secured Brooklyn home by a gunman who got out of a car in a side street to shoot the 65-year-old in the chest shortly before 11am (AEST).

The gunman then got back in the car and fled down Geelong Road.

Chaouk’s wife and another family member and three young children were at home at the time.

The shooting comes amid a violent feud with the rival Hadarra family, which Detective Senior Sergeant Murray Fraser said police would be investigating.

The Chaouk family has a long history of violent and drug-related crimes.

Macchour had a string of convictions, including serious assault and two for heroin trafficking.

Two of his five sons, Ali and Matwali, are in custody on charges of assault and attempted murder, and 19-year-old son Omar is on bail following a raid on the house last month.

In 2005, police shot dead another son, Mohamed, during a raid.

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