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Police believe at least six shots were fired at a bike rider at Everton on Saturday, with at least one bullet hitting him in the head and multiple rounds hitting his chest.
Investigators are appealing for information as a matter of urgency as the shooter is still on the run.
Detective Senior Constable Matt Prestage said it was initially thought a shotgun was used, but police now believe the rider was shot with a pistol.
“He’s extremely lucky, particularly being shot in the head,” he said.
“It fractured his skull but didn’t penetrate his brain."
“He’s in a serious but stable condition and is undergoing further surgery today.”
There were no witnesses to the shooting.
The victim, who has had no prior involvement with police, was found unconscious on the bike trail by passersby.
“The motive will be at the heart of the investigation,” Detective Senior Constable Prestage said.
“Whether it was a targeted attack against this person, or a random attack, is still to be determined.”
A Melbourne man spending a weekend in the North East has been shot multiple times while cycling in Everton.
Police were called to a section of the Myrtleford-Everton rail trail approximately five kilometres south of the township around midday, near the Burgoigee Creek crossing.
Wangaratta Detective Senior Sergeant Kevin Coughlan said police came across a cyclist on the ground with gunshot wounds and were treating the incident as an attempted murder.
“We are investigating what appears to be the shooting of a 74-year-old man who comes from Melbourne,” he said.
“He was up here on the weekend riding his bike.
“Sometime after midday, he’s been attacked on the rail trail … we believe he’s been shot multiple times.”
Detective Senior Sergeant Coughlan said a pair of cyclists came across the unconscious man soon after the incident occurred and contacted emergency services.
This article first appeared on www.dailyadvertiser.com.au
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