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Stephen Dank injured in home shooting

AAP logoAAP 22/07/2016 By Helen Velissaris and Genevieve Gannon

Controversial sports scientist Stephen Dank says he has his suspicions on who fired shots into his home after he suffered minor injuries.

Numerous shots were fired into Dank's Ascot Vale home around 2.20am on Saturday, police say.

He was released from hospital in the early hours of the morning, but is said to have a cut forehead after a bullet grazed the bridge of his nose.

Dank says he's thankful he's ok and has an idea as to why shots were fired.

"I have my suspicions as to why this has happened," he said in a written statement on Nine News.

"I will say I will not be silenced or bullied and will continue in my attempt to put the truth out there."

Police say they will investigate financial links and associates of Dank, according to Nine News.

Anonymous sources have told The Age that Dank had angered a lot of people with his conduct and was under financial pressure.

"Dank has a serious image problem. He's decimated two sporting codes, he's caught up in all kind of financial disputes and he's pissed off some (underworld figures) for other reasons," an unnamed source told The Age.

Serious crime response team detectives have been at Dank's house for the majority of the day and have conducted line searches.

They have taken CCTV footage from a neighbour and suspect the shooter was on foot since there was no vehicle access near Dank's address, according to Nine News.

Dank cancelled an appearance at the South Bendigo Football and Netball Club on Saturday.

"Something has happened today in Melbourne that he has to focus on so he has decided he is better off staying at home with family and friends," club president Rick Townsend told the Bendigo Advertiser.

"He was very apologetic."

Reports suggest as many as six shots were fired into his home, with one of the bullets shattering an upstairs window.

Dank was asleep on his couch when he was hit, according to the ABC.

One other person who was in the house at the time escaped without injury.

Dank was given a life ban by the AFL anti-doping tribunal last year for his role in doping violations against 34 current and past Essendon players.

The biochemist was also tied to the NRL supplements scandal at the Cronulla Sharks that resulted in coach Shane Flanagan being banned for 12 months, and 12 current and past players given backdated 12-month suspensions.

The NRL said in 2014 Dank would not be allowed any further involvement in the game, but he has denied any wrongdoing in his work with either NRL or AFL players.

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