A man who was shot in the leg four times while sitting in a
car in Sydney's west has links to organised crime, police
Police and paramedics found the 35-year-old man with gunshot
wounds lying in Andy Street, Guildford West, at 10.15pm
(local time) yesterday.
He had been sitting in the driver's seat of a black Audi when
someone approached him and fired several times into the
driver's side of the car.
He underwent surgery today and was in a stable condition.
A Toyota Camry and a black Mercedes were seen leaving the
area and the Toyota was later found alight in Merrylands
The shooting appeared to have been targeted and the victim
was known to police, Holroyd local area commander Detective
Superintendent Brett McFadden said.
"I can confirm that yes, he was known to police, and he does
have associations with organised crime," he told reporters.
He said police did not believe the shooting was linked to
another incident in which shots were fired at a home in Bella
Vista in the city's northwest last night.
Police were called to Edgewater Drive about 11.15pm after the
house was fired at.
None of the five people inside were injured, police said.
Detective Superintendent McFadden said both attacks appeared
to have been motivated by something.
"We have a view that they are not linked," he said.
"They are separate issues and it is abundantly clear that
these are targeted incidents that arose from a dispute of
"I am satisfied both incidents were targeted and that there
were other motivating factors."
Police were still conducting forensic tests on the burnt-out
Toyota to determine if it was involved in the incident.
They also said there was nothing to link the shootings at
Guildford and Bella Vista to a third incident overnight, when
a home owned by Sydney businessman Jim Byrnes was targeted in
a gun attack.