Victim, 29, in serious condition with gunshots wounds to body and head after second shooting in suburban Sydney in two days
A man is fighting for life after being shot in what police described as a planned ambush, marking the second shooting in suburban Sydney in as many days.
Police were called on Wednesday night to a home in Blackett in western Sydney where they found a 29-year man with gunshot wounds to his body and head.
The man is in a serious but stable condition after being taken to Westmead Hospital and is undergoing a number of operations, with police yet to speak to him.
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NSW police Supt Steve Egginton said it appeared “he was coming home from work and … there was an ambush-style attack”.
“A number of rounds were fired through the windscreen of a car that impacted the victim while he was seated in the car,” he said.
“You couldn’t look at it any other way in terms of him coming home and … that ambush-style of attack.
“It appears the offender may have had some knowledge of the movements of the victim prior to that.”
Some of the man’s relatives and children were inside a property that he was parked outside of before he was shot.
Police believe there was only one gunman involved, who they think escaped on foot into a park after the shooting.
Anyone with CCTV footage or information about any movements around Niland Crescent at 9pm on Wednesday has been urged to come forward.
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Supt Egginton said the victim was not known to police; investigations will examine the gunman’s possible motives.
Police have not linked the Blackett ambush to any other recent attacks, including a shooting at an underground carpark in Campsie on Tuesday night. Police treated a 27-year-old man with gunshot injuries to his head and chest following that incident.
A short time later, police were called to nearby Kingsgrove after reports a Mercedes sedan had crashed into a house and caught alight. No one was injured.
Officers have been unable to establish if the car crash was connected to the shooting.
The NSW premier, Chris Minns, on Thursday reassured Sydneysiders that experienced detectives in NSW Police were focused on disrupting gun crime and gang violence.
“They’re confronting this lawless behaviour in Sydney and it won’t go unpunished,” he said.
“Just give them time. Breaking up these criminal networks often does mean going after different gangs in a different sequence.”
The police minister, Yasmin Catley, said officers working in Taskforce Magnus, which was set up to investigate recent shootings and associated organised criminal activities, have made 217 arrests, with 33 in the past week. They have also seized 35 firearms.