CCTV released as investigation continues into attempted assassination – Strike Force Faux

Drug and Firearms Squad detectives have released CCTV as they appeal for information into a public place shooting in Sydney’s southwest last year.

About 9.20pm Tuesday 12 September 2023, police were called to a carpark on Canterbury Road in Campsie, following reports of a shooting.

Officers attached to Burwood Police Area Command attended and found a 27-year-old man suffering two gunshot wounds to his head and chest.

Police were told the man had been in his vehicle in the carpark when he was approached by an unknown man, who fired two guns at him up to 12 times before fleeing the scene in a white Mercedes.

He is described as being of African appearance, over 200cm tall and wearing all black with a face covering.

The injured man was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to hospital in a serious condition. He has since made a full recovery.

A short time later, emergency services were called to Kilkee Avenue in Kingsgrove, following reports of a car fire.

Officers attached to Campsie Police Area Command arrived to find a white Mercedes sedan had crashed into a house before catching alight. No injuries were reported, and the fire was extinguished by Fire and Rescue NSW.

Initial inquiries revealed the Mercedes had been staged on Virgil Street in Greystanes several weeks prior to the shooting.

Shortly after locating the Mercedes, police then located a black Mazda CX-5 alight on Larien Crescent in Birrong and a blue BMW sedan alight on Leonie Crescent in Berala.

Local police commenced inquiries before the matter was taken carriage of by State Crime Command’s Drug & Firearms Squad under Strike Force Faux.

On Wednesday 13 September 2023, emergency services were called to a car fire on Wilshire Road in Agnes Banks, where police located what they believe was another getaway vehicle – a black Kia.

About 10.10pm on Wednesday 20 September 2023 – eight days after the incident – a final burnt out vehicle, a silver Nissan Pulsar, was located on Bellamy Farm Road in West Pennant Hills.

Inquiries revealed two males wearing balaclavas were seen fleeing this final car and crossing Currawong Reserve to Timberline Avenue.

Investigations under Strike Force Faux established all five burnt out cars were used as getaway cars in the shooting and subsequent burning out of the vehicles, by up to seven people.

As inquiries continue, police have released CCTV of the incident and white Mercedes fleeing the scene, as well as a construction company truck being used as part of the staging of the vehicles with necessary jerry cans on Saturday 9 September 2023 in Greystanes.

Anyone with information about the incident or identity of the men shown in the CCTV are urged to contact police.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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