Mr Hutchings had recently been released from prison but family said he was working hard to get his life back on track, looking at work in the gardening or fitness industries.
«He was a beautiful person and looked after his mum and his family and cared about his children and just wanted to progress to a better life,» said his cousin, Sharni Hutchings.
Police executed search warrants in Doncaster and Park Orchards on Sunday afternoon.
Four men were arrested: a 56-year-old, a 22-year-old and an 18-year-old from Doncaster; and a 24-year-old from Park Orchards. They were assisting police with their inquiries on Sunday afternoon.
Paramedics said they treated Mr Hutchings for an upper-body injury on Saturday morning. He was rushed to The Alfred hospital, but later died.
The shooting was across the road from the Corpus Christi Aged Care centre, where people had to move behind police tape to visit their relatives on Saturday.
It was also close to a children’s park in Carlson Reserve, where a group of young people spent the morning training at the sports oval.
Al Wong said he played cricket at the reserve most Saturdays. «It’s very, very different from what you’d normally expect in this area,» he said.
«This area is a very family-orientated place. There’s a playground, the tennis club [and] a lot of university students live around here as well.»
Police spent most of Saturday at the scene, combing the apartment for clues.
Courtney Walker lives a few houses away from the crime scene.
«We don’t really speak to the neighbours around here,» she said.
«I didn’t hear a thing last night. I went to the bathroom at 5am, and woke up to knocking at 7am asking, ‘Did you hear anything at 5am?’.»
«I always thought Oakleigh to be quite homely. It just doesn’t feel real. It doesn’t feel like it happened.»
Another local resident, who asked not to be named, said she had heard nothing overnight.
«I’m astonished, absolutely astonished. But these days, you just don’t know,» she said.
«It’s certainly a bit sobering when it happens close to you.»
Police are still appealing to for witnesses. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Robyn Grace is a journalist at The Age.
Nicole Precel is a video journalist and reporter at The Age. She is also a documentary maker.