Burly smoker may be key to solving shooting murder
Police have released video of a man they wish to speak with as part of an investigation into the shooting murder of a Melbourne man.
The footage shows a solidly built man, who walks with an unusual gait, strolling to and from an orange Ford Ranger utility believed to have been used in the fatal shooting of Mitat Rasimi at about 9.55pm on March 3 in Dandenong.
Mr Rasimi, 51, from Dandenong, had been driving at the time of his death.
Police found his car crashed into a pole in Dawn Avenue and Mr Rasimi unconscious having suffered gunshot wounds.
Detectives are also appealing to a person who wrote a letter to Crime Stoppers earlier this year about the murder to contact investigators again.
Last week police released CCTV and photographs of the stolen orange Ford Ranger utility believed to be linked to the murder.
Detectives say the vehicle had been sighted driving through Melton, Endeavour Hills, Hallam, Hampton Park and Dandenong in the lead up to the murder and could have been staking out Mr Rasimi.
A man, fitting the description of the man in the footage, is believed to have been disturbed by a witness attempting to set the ute alight in Bangholme about 30 minutes after the shooting.
"We're appealing for help from the public, someone will know who this man is, he has a distinctive gait and we also believe he is a smoker," Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said.
"The vision clearly shows this man walking to and from the orange utility we believe was used in the murder. He is a person of interest to us and we're appealing for anyone with information to please come forward."
Mr Stamper said while he couldn't reveal the contents of the letter, he urged the writer to make further contact with police.
"We also have CCTV of the orange ute, which we've released today, driving in one particular area on a number of occasions; this has led us to believe that those involved were performing reconnaissance on Mr Rasimi."
Police are also continuing with appeals to the local Albanian community for information about Mr Rasimi's movements in the lead up to his murder.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppersvic.com.au