Two gunmen are still at large after dumping a stolen car involved in the Melbourne shooting of a former member of a motorcycle gang.
Suleiman “Sam” Abdulrahim, a former member of the Mongols in his 30s, was driving a Mercedes 4×4 in Fawkner just before noon on Saturday when he was shot dead.
He was taken to Fawkner Police Station before being taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital in critical condition.
Mr Abdulrahim’s condition improved overnight, with an RMH spokesperson confirming he is stable.
His alleged attackers fled in a Mazda SUV before losing control and crashing into a fire hydrant and pole on Box Forest Road near Sydney Road.
Photos posted on social media showed one of the masked gunmen fleeing the scene of the crash.
The pair then hijacked a Ford Territory, forcing a woman and child out of the vehicle before escaping, police say.
The territory was found around 20km north of the city in Epping around 10am on Saturday, they confirmed.
Investigators believe the shooting was targeted.
Premier Daniel Andrews assured Victoria Police Command took gang and gun crime seriously and said he believed those responsible would be caught.
“That’s just not the case,” he told reporters on Sunday.
“I have great confidence that those involved in this totally unacceptable behavior will feel the full force of the law.”
Australian Associated Press