An aspiring young boxer and his father have been shot outside their family’s inner-Sydney home in what police believe was a targeted attack.
Joshua Smart, 23, was shot in the back and his father, Michael Smart, 49, in the head on Jones Street, Pyrmont, just after 10.30pm on Sunday.
Michael Smart remains in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a critical condition.
Joshua Smart, one of the victims of the double shooting in Pyrmont, is taken from St Vincent's Hospital by police for questioning. Photo: Ben Rushton
His son was taken to St Vincent's Hospital but was released on Monday morning and taken away by police for questioning.
Jones Street resident Ashlie Lomas said she was just about to fall asleep when her friend woke her after hearing between six and eight gunshots.
"We came out the front and heard everyone screaming and running," she said.
Blood stains and towels on the pavement in Jones Street, Pyrmont, where Michael and Joshua Smart were shot on Sunday. Photo: Peter Rae
Ms Lomas said she saw a man on the ground, surrounded by blood, with a gunshot wound to his head.
Ms Lomas said she and her friend grabbed some towels and gave first aid to Mr Smart.
"We just were in pilot mode, adrenalin took over," she said.
Police look for clues after Michael and Joshua Smart were shot in Jones Street, Pyrmont, on Sunday night. Photo: Peter Rae
"The family were just too shocked to even do anything, no one else was able to do anything.
"Me and my friend were just there and we were in save life mode.
"He wasn't really responding," she said.
Shooting victim: Joshua Smart. Photo: Facebook
"We were just trying to get him to hold on."
She said the son was running around more concerned about who had shot his father.
Joshua Smart is training to be a boxer and had hoped to fight in Queensland next month.
He had posted on his Facebook page only hours before the shooting: "Back to the gym tomorrow, in may they ain't no way Im losing the only way I lose if they take me out the ring in a body bag."
Police said both men were know to them and that it was a targeted attack.
A neighbour believes someone came to the back door of the Smarts' home before the men were gunned down.
Jones Street was cordoned off and police combed the road for evidence.
A towel remained on the footpath.
Police do not believe the incident is related to a shooting half an hour later at Bonnyrigg, in Sydney’s west.
Police say a number of shots were fired into a house on Edensor Road, shortly after 11pm.
Police believe a number of shots were fired into the front window in a targeted attack.
The occupants were at home but were not injured.
In both shootings, local detectives have been joined by police from Operation Talon, which was set up to investigate gun crime in Sydney.
Police are appealing for information from the public.
- with AAP, smh.com.au