FOR a moment, it looked like the mean streets of New York had come to Oakleigh.
About 3am on January 31, residents in Stewart Road reported hearing two gunshots followed by the sound of a car speeding away.
The intended victims of the drive-by, a father and son, were uninjured but shotgun pellets were later found in their brick fence and the back of a parked car.
"It's unusual for Monash for something like that to occur, particularly a shotgun as well. Usually they're handguns," said Detective Senior Constable Dean Trigger, from the Monash criminal investigation unit.
He said the dispute between the occupants of the car and the victims could be about anything.
Detective Senior Constable Trigger said that drive-bys were more common in Melbourne's northern suburbs where perpetrators used handguns.
"It's a concern for us that there's someone out there with a shotgun that's happy to let one go into a house and a car."
He encouraged witnesses with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.