Police believe the shooting of a teenage boy while he was asleep in bed was part of a targeted attack.
Emergency services were called to a Janmara Court home in the Melbourne suburb of Endeavour Hills after a 17-year-old boy was reportedly woken in the middle of gunfire about 1.20am on Wednesday.
Shots were allegedly fired from the road or footpath towards the home, with one of the bullets hitting the teenage boy while he was sleeping.
Detective Acting Inspector Al Hanson said police believed the incident was a “targeted shooting”, but they didn’t believe the teenager was the target.
“We don't have a random gunman driving around firing indiscriminately in Dandenong or Endeavour Hills or surrounding areas,” he told reporters on Wednesday.
“I‘d like to reassure the public that we are doing everything we can in regards to the investigation and patrols to prevent situations like this from recurring.”
The 17-year-old suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital in a stable condition.
His family were home at the time of the shooting but no other injuries were reported.
CCTV footage from the area and witness testimony suggests the car lapped the street a number of times immediately before the shooting before stopping outside the targeted address and firing two rounds of gunfire.
“Importantly, no other houses or cars were impacted by the gunfire,” Inspector Hanson said.
Police believe at least two people were involved in the shooting.
Police were later notified of a burnt-out Mitsubishi Eclipse located at a reserve in Narre Warren that they believe is linked to the shooting.
They believe the car was stolen from an address in the Mornington Peninsula almost two weeks ago.
The area has been cordoned off while detectives and officers from the major crime scene Unit process the scene.
Detectives from the armed crime squad are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
Anyone with information, CCTV or dashcam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.