UPDATE 12:55PM | AN 86-year-old man who allegedly opened fire at a brothel in Melbourne on Friday morning has been rushed to hospital under police guard after shooting himself in front of officers on a busy city freeway.
Police were first called to reports of shots fired at the Romantics brothel in Brunswick, around 4km north of the city CBD, around 9.50am on Friday.
Officers were told a man had discharged a firearm at the Colebrook Street premises before leaving the scene.
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It’s understood the gunman is 86-years-old and was armed with a shotgun.
Thankfully, no one was injured in the shooting at the brothel.
Police swooped on the scene and saturated the area in search for the elderly shooter but he could not be found.
Shots fired into Romantics brothel Brunswick @ 0930. No one injured. Gunman still on loose. More to come.. pic.twitter.com/kmHPWq2faG
— Emily Rice (@EmilyRice28) July 21, 2017
— Pat Mitchell (@patty_mitchell) July 21, 2017
After a 90 minute manhunt, the 86-year-old man was intercepted by police on the Calder Freeway near Taylors Lakes around 11.25am, almost 20km west of the scene of the shooting at Brunswick.
Instead of surrendering, police say the elderly man turned the gun on himself as members of the Special Operations Group surrounded his orange sedan.
“The driver of the car shot himself in the stomach as police approached the car,” police said in a statement.
The man sustained serious injuries and has been rushed to hospital where he remains under police guard.
— 7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) July 21, 2017
— Andrew Lund (@andrew_lund) July 21, 2017
This is a breaking news article. No further information was available at the time of writing.