A man shot in Chifley early Monday in a suspected bikie-related attack sought medical assistance at a service station.
ACT Policing are investigating the incident after receiving several calls about 6.30am from people who heard gun shots in a unit block in Maclaurin Crescent.
More calls were made when a man, understood to be bleeding from gunshot wounds to his arm, sought help from staff at the BP petrol station on the corner of Melrose Drive and Botany Street.
He was transported to Canberra Hospital where he remained in a stable condition Monday evening.
Acting superintendent of criminal investigations Shane Scott said the incident was "brazen and targeted" and that such behaviour would not be tolerated in the ACT.
"Given it was 6.30am, the potential for people to be out and about in that area is quite high," he said.
"What we can't condone or won't tolerate is people going around and letting off shots and trying to harm others in high-density areas."
The motive behind the attack and the outlaw motorcycle gangs suspected involved was still under investigation, Superintendent Scott said.
Several vehicles were damaged in the shooting.
The shooting is understood to be the first since a series of high-profile incidents in Canberra's south last year.
The Canberra Times last year reported tensions had flared as small groups of the Rebels, who were Canberra's sole bikie gang for decades, patched over to set up local chapters of the Nomads and Comanchero.
"Yes, we did have a quiet spell … but we are continually monitoring and proactively targeting members and their criminal activities to make sure the Canberra community is safe," Superintendent Scott said on Monday.
Taskforce Nemesis - set up to monitor Canberra's bikers - is investigating Monday's incident.
Motorists with dash-cams who were driving in the area, including along Melrose Drive, are asked to check their footage for suspicious activity.
ACT Policing is urging anyone who saw any suspicious activity in Chifley or Phillip around 6.30am Monday, or who have any information or CCTV that could assist police, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via its website.
Information can be provided anonymously quoting reference number 6245749.