Two men wounded in latest Sydney shootings
Two men are in hospital with gun shot wounds following two separate shootings in western Sydney.
Police say the incidents are not linked but believe one of the attacks was targeted.
In the first incident, a 21-year-old man was shot in the back at Strathfield during an altercation on Chalmers Street in the early hours of Saturday.
Police said the wounded man managed to drive himself to Richmond Road at Lidcombe, before being found by police.
He was taken to Westmead Hospital with a single gunshot wound and remains there in a serious but stable condition.
Witnesses have described hearing an argument shortly before the man was shot.
‘‘(There were) people screaming, and then five loud bangs, and then I heard like a firecracker or a gun shoot and then the car sped off,’’ Jayden Seyfarth told reporters.
In the second incident, a 24-year-old man of Middle Eastern background was shot in his left thigh and right knee about 2am on Saturday.
The victim has told police he was shot while sitting in a parked car in Bass Hill but managed to drive himself to hospital after being wounded.
Bankstown Acting Superintendent Glen Fitzgerald said the victim was undergoing surgery and police were waiting to speak to him.
However, he was not confident that the victim would provide police with much useful information.
‘‘This is a typical shooting that has been ongoing in the southwest of Sydney,’’ Supt Fitzgerald told reporters.
‘‘The person has taken himself to hospital, he has not called triple zero, and he’s not assisting police with what’s happening.
‘‘It’s not a random shooting, this is a targeted shooting.’’
Police were not aware of the shooting being related to any outlaw bikie gang activity.
He said he was not aware of any links to the Strathfield shooting.
The attacks came on the same day that a man appeared in court charged over the death of another man who was shot in broad daylight last week.
Falah Alkanaan, 27, is charged with the murder of a 31-year-old Cranebrook man outside a house in Boldrewood Rd at Blackett on February 2.
Police arrested Alkanaan at Sydney Airport’s domestic terminal just before 4.30pm (AEDT) on Friday.
On Saturday morning, Alkanaan appeared briefly in Parramatta Bail Court via video link, wearing a grey tracksuit top.
Alkanaan’s legal aid lawyer, Ivan Bertoia, did not apply for bail on his client’s behalf.
Magistrate Gail Madgwick adjourned the matter until Wednesday at Mt Druitt Local Court.
The victim was shot while standing in the street, police told reporters at the time, with witnesses reporting the sound of shots, and a vehicle speeding off.