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Man shot in head has links to bikie gang

AAP logoAAP 21/09/2016 Helen Velissaris and Rachel Gray

A man with underworld links who managed to drive himself to a Melbourne hospital after being shot in the head remains in serious but stable condition.

The man, named in media reports as Nabil Maghnie, was shot through the windscreen of a 2013 Holden Commodore about 1.20am on Thursday.

The man suffered injuries to his head and body, and was shot at least twice, police say.

The victim is known to police, but Detective Inspector Stephen Clark did not want to elaborate on the victim's identity or associates.

"I can't go into his background but suffice to say he is well known to the police and we don't believe it to be a random attack," Det Insp Clark told reporters.

Maghnie managed to drive the car to Epping Hospital before he was transferred to Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The 40-year-old's condition is stable and improved from critical to serious Thursday evening.

Maghnie was previously investigated over the shooting of former Banditos enforcer, Toby Mitchell outside a Brunswick gym in 2011, according to numerous media reports.

He has been known to have links to the Comancheros outlaw motorcycle gang.

Detectives were hoping to speak to him later on Thursday.

Forensic investigators examined the car on Thursday, with news footage showing the blue car being put on a tow truck, tape and plastic covering the driver side window.

Police do not know where the shooting occurred and have appealed for public assistance.

"If anybody heard any gunshots or saw any suspicious activity or saw that blue car at any stage, we're very keen to hear from you," Mr Clark said.

"Clearly if we can establish a crime scene, then that's of significant value to investigators."

The car might have been driving erratically in the north-western suburbs on Thursday morning, police say.

The Armed Crime Squad is investigating.

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