Tarneit man in court after elderly man shot on Middle Park doorstep

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A Tarneit man has appeared in court after an elderly man was shot on the doorstep of at his Middle Park home in August.

Ismail Abdi, 24, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after being charged with intentionally causing serious injury, being a prohibited person possessing a firearm and other offences.

Police allege Abdi shot the victim at his Canterbury Road home after the 76-year-old answered a knock at his front door at about 7.50pm on August 17.

The elderly man was shot in his lower body and was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Two women who were also inside the home when the shooting occurred – a 72-year-old and a 39-year-old – were not injured.

Abdi made no application for bail and will appear at Werribee Magistrates’ Court on November 2.

Detectives from the armed crime squad and gang crime squads executed warrants at properties in South Melbourne, Tarneit, Truganina and Albion on Wednesday morning.

Police seized a white Hyundai suspected of being used by those involved in the incident.

A 23-year-old Werribee man was arrested and interviewed by police in relation to the Middle Park shooting, but is expected to be released from custody.

A spokeswoman for Victoria Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information, CCTV or dash cam footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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