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Accused Vic shooter denies he fired gun

AAP logoAAP 30/07/2016 By Jacqueline Le

A Melbourne man accused of shooting a resident during a break-in says he didn't do it but wants to help police catch the real culprit.

Michael Raydan, 27, appeared before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Saturday charged with an overnight shooting in the city's south.

Police say Raydan and an unknown male broke into a Highett residence about 12.30am on Saturday and were rifling through its contents when the tenant returned home.

A struggle ensued and Raydan allegedly shot the man in his leg.

"Three shots were discharged and one hit the victim," Senior Constable Leah Gladstone told the court.

"The victim is currently undergoing surgery for a shattered pelvis."

Raydan, who represented himself in court, says he didn't fire the shots but said he could help police find the person who did.

Sen Const Gladstone says Raydan also told police he held the gun but never fired it and witnessed the shooting.

Raydan also claims he was kidnapped and held against his will in the lead-up to the shooting.

"I want police to find the person who did this because I don't want to be the person who takes the blame for something I have not done," said the 27-year-old.

He applied for bail, which was opposed by the police prosecutor, who said Raydan was a threat to public safety.

Raydan also allegedly threatened a woman at her Hampton home with a shotgun some hours before going to the Highett home where the shooting happened.

He faces 15 charges, including trespass, unlawful assault with a firearm, and trafficking methamphetamines.

He has been remanded into custody until his next appearance on August 4.

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