Doping AFL scientist wounded in shooting

Disgraced AFL scientist Stephen Dank (AAP)
Disgraced AFL scientist Stephen Dank (AAP)

A controversial sports scientist embroiled in an AFL drug scandals is in hospital after being been shot in his Melbourne home.

Stephen Dank, who was central to drug scandals involving the Essendon and Cronulla clubs, had his forehead grazed by one of several shots fired at his Ascot Vale home at around 2:30am on Saturday (local time).

The 52-year-old was taken to hospital where he is said to be in a stable condition. One other person was in the house but they were unharmed.

Police have confirmed the incident in a statement and say Serious Crime Response Team detectives are investigating.

Mr Dank was handed a lifetime ban from working in the AFL by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal in 2015.

He has since claimed he supplied former Gold Coast Suns star Nathan Bock with a prohibited peptide after the player was cleared of doping by the Australian Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA).