Police are hunting for the gunman who shot at the 21-year-old in a park area in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, last night.
Both the victim's legs were injured in the shooting at around 6.45pm.
Detectives have been searching the park between Agnew Avenue and Deedes Street.
Detective Inspector John Lamb said: "I know this incident will be concerning for many local residents however I want to reassure them that this type of incident is rare and our enquiries so far lead us to believe this was a targeted attack.
"There will still be police activity in the area today, with specialist search officers carrying out a detailed search. Officers are also carrying out extensive enquiries and studying CCTV footage in an effort to gather further information. If anyone has any information or indeed concerns, please speak to the officers on the ground.
"We will be using significant resources in this investigation and I would like to appeal to people in the area to contact police with any information. Any small piece of detail could prove significant and help us trace those responsible for the crime."
The suspect is described as in his early 20s with short, dark hair and he wore dark clothing. He fled the scene in a dark-coloured saloon car.
The injured man was taken to Monklands Hospital where staff describe his condition as stable.
Police Scotland area commander, Chief Inspector Rosie Wright, said: "I understand the concerns people will have when they hear about this incident and I have arranged for additional officers to patrol the area.
"I know people will be shocked but I can assure you we are doing everything we can to locate the suspect and if you have any information, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.