Senior Sergeant Andrew Brady on Saturday confirmed that the shooting was not random.
“Victoria Police crime scene examiners and specialists and homicide squad detectives have attended the scene and processed the scene and removed a number of exhibits that are now being forensically examined,” he said.
“There’s no evidence to suggest that it was random.”
He said no weapon had been found.
Senior Sergeant Brady would not say if the man’s death was linked to other recent shootings in Melbourne.
“It’s absolutely concerning that such a gun crime is occurring in such a public place, being Fawkner Park, on a Friday night,” Senior Sergeant Brady said.
“Our uniform police members have been at Fawkner Park all day today and this afternoon and evening and will be continuing over the weekend to provide reassurance to the public, and also to engage with residents neighbouring Fawkner Park to reassure them of Victoria Police’s commitment to public safety.”
By late Saturday afternoon, Fawkner Park was again busy with people strolling and walking their dogs and one woman said “it’s nice to have our park back”.
Police want to speak to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, Friday.