In this photo taken on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, police officers stand over the covered body of Greek-Australian John Macris who was shot dead outside his house in southern Athens. Police are investigating the shooting death of a 46-year-old Greek-Australian who was gunned down outside his home in a seaside suburb of Athens. An autopsy on the body of John Macris was to be carried out Thursday. (Giorgos Kontarinis/Eurokinissi via AP)

Greek police investigate killing of Greek-Australian man

November 01, 2018 - 11:25 am

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police on Thursday were investigating the shooting death of a 46-year-old Greek-Australian man who was gunned down in a seaside suburb of Athens.

An autopsy on the body of John Macris was to be carried out. Police were investigating whether his death was related to his potential involvement in the drug trade or in organized crime. Authorities say he had run-ins with police in the past, both in Australia and in Greece.

Macris, who was married to a model who appeared on a Greek reality TV show, was attacked as he left his home in Voula in his car on Wednesday evening. Police say he apparently left his car to take cover but was shot four times with a 9 mm handgun and died at the scene.

Police were seeking camera footage for clues to the killing and were conducting ballistics tests on the bullet casings to determine whether the weapon had been used in other crimes.

Australian media have described Macris as having been involved in Sydney's organized crime scene. In Athens, he appeared as a businessman and reportedly owned a security company.

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