Stephen Dank discharged from Melbourne hospital after suspected drive-by shooting

Former Essendon sports scientist sustains minor head injury after shots fired into his Ascot Vale home in the early hours of Saturday

Stephen Dank discharged from Melbourne hospital after suspected drive-by shooting

The sports scientist Stephen Dank has been discharged from hospital after he was wounded in what appears to be a drive-by shooting.

The 52-year-old sustained a minor head injury when shots were fired into his Ascot Vale home about 2.20am on Saturday.

Photos from the crime scene suggest at least three bullets were fired into Danks house, shattering one of the windows.

The biochemist reportedly told Fox Sports News he and his partner were angry but refused to be intimidated or leave their home.

He has a black eye and a badly cut nose, after a bullet grazed the bridge of his nose, Fox Sports News reports.

The Royal Melbourne hospital confirmed Dank was no longer a patient after he was admitted in a stable condition with a head graze.

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

Nine Network had earlier tweeted a photo of Dank being helped into an ambulance after the shots were fired.

A neighbour told reporters he didnt see or hear anything.

We have got dogs that would go off at the slightest noise. They didnt go off last night so whatever happened was pretty quiet, said Dean, who declined to give his surname.

He described Dank as a neighbour who kept to himself.

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. He has recently admitted giving AFL star Nathan Bock a banned peptide.

In January, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Dank texted compound pharmacist Nima Alavi in August 2012 asking for some help with this football team.

Alavi replied describing a new amazing polymer being used in the US for elite horse racing … I can even put the thymosin and AOD in it, to which Dank said let us test a couple of players.

The court decision also states Dank asked former Essendon coach James Hird for help hiding the injection regime from the media.

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 wrong-doing in his work with either NRL or AFL players.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/jul/23/former-essendon-sports-scientist-stephen-dank-reportedly-shot-at