A MAJOR search is underway for a masked gunman who shot a service station attendant during a terrifying armed robbery in Springvale South this morning.

The victim, a man aged in his 40s, is understood to have been shot in the elbow at a 7-Eleven on Springvale Rd and was taken to The Alfred in a stable condition.

Police at a 7-Eleven service station in Springvale South where a worker was shot this morning.

Detectives are investigating if the incident is linked to an earlier armed robbery at a nearby service station.

Investigators are probing potential links between the robbery and a hold-up at a nearby BP station just minutes earlier.

The Herald Sun understands armed offenders wearing masks stole cash from the till at the Heatherton Rd store before fleeing in a van shortly after 4.30am.

The worker was shot in the elbow this morning.

Police are yet to release a description or any further details regarding the offenders involved in either incident.

Detectives arrived at the 7-Eleven on Springvale Rd shortly before 7am this morning and remain on the scene to gather evidence.

Extracted from News.com