Anti-bikie Echo taskforce investigating drive-by shooting at Airport West gym

The man injured in the Airport West shooting. Photo: Courtesy of Nine News The scene of the reported shooting in Airport West. Photo: Courtesy of Seven News
Nanjing Night Net

Anti-bikie police are investigating a drive-by shooting at an Airport West gym, with the car suspected of being used in the shooting found burnt-out in Melbourne’s north.

Police confirmed a black Audi SUV was found burnt-out in a reserve in Pascoe Value shortly before 10pm and is suspected of being the same vehicle two people used in the shooting on Thursday evening.

The Echo taskforce is now investigating the matter and has called for members of the public with further information to come forward.

A 31-year-old Hillside man received a gunshot wound to the stomach in the carpark of the Derrimut 24:7 Gym on Louis Street in Airport West at 5.30pm on Thursday and was taken to hospital in a stable condition.

The black SUV pulled up as the man was entering the gym and the occupant of the vehicle reportedly produced a firearm before they fled the scene.

One person in the gym told Fairfax Media they heard two shots.

The Audi Q7 was later seen driving erratically on the Western Ring Road, including the emergency lane prior to Keilor Park Drive in Keilor East after the shooting. It was later found at Gavan Park on the corner of Arndt and Cornwall roads.

Investigators are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the Audi or captured vision of the vehicle on their dash cam.

A witness who saw the drive-by shooting told the Herald Sun the men were wearing masks.

“Two guys pulled up in a black Merc and they were both wearing masks,” he said.

“They waited for the guy to come out and as soon as they did the passenger shot him twice in the back.”

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