Police say a man shot outside a gay sex club in western Sydney early this morning was ambushed by two men.
Shortly before 1.00am police responded to reports of a shooting on Bridge Street in Rydalmere, where they found a 52-year-old man who had suffered gunshot wounds to his back, legs and groin.
He was taken to hospital where he is said to be in a stable condition.
Police are still trying to determine what happened and are keen to speak with two men of Middle Eastern appearance who they believe can help with their inquiries.
Aarows Club is a 24-hour venue for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and swingers.
Inspector Glen Parks says the man was leaving the club when he was attacked.
He says the shooting is not being treated as a hate crime or a domestic dispute.
"It's only early stages in the investigation but we don't believe that was the case," he said.
"It would appear that these two men were lying in wait in that vicinity and their actions would not suggest that."
People inside the 24-hour venue heard the shots and rushed to help the man.
Anyone with information about the attack can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.