TWO men were blasted by shotguns and three men were arrested less than an hour later while a house was also shot up in Sydney’s west this morning.
The two men were shot near their Holden Commodore in a drive by attack on West Terrace, Bankstown about 12.20am.
The offenders sped off before the victims suffering gunshot wounds drove themselves in their car riddled with bullet holes to nearby Bankstown Hospital minutes later.
Three men were then arrested in Parramatta about 1am on a night where police described the city’s west as being “flooded with police” in response to the recent spate of gun crime.
Bankstown Duty Officer, Scott McAlpine, said up to six shots were fired at the men.
“Police were alerted to about six gunshot sounds in the location of West Terrace at Bankstown and as a result of that police attended,” he said.
“While police were attending here two males presented themselves at Bankstown Hospital with gunshot wounds.
“Police at West Terrace located a number of items and police attended the hospital.
“Further than that, three people were arrested in the Parramatta area and are currently assisting police at Merrylands Police Station.”
Jason, 21, said one of the victims stripped off his blood-soaked shirt before fleeing.
“I heard six shots and looked outside and a car took off and a guy that had been shot took his shirt off that was covered in blood and threw it on the ground and took off running,” he said.
Joel, 40, said he heard shotgun blasts with cartridges littering the roadside.
“We heard six shots and my mate thought it was fire crackers and I said ‘nuh mate, it’s a shotgun'; I’ve got a licence so I know what guns sound like,” he said.
“I went over and everybody was out on their balconies and two guys came out on the street and were looking at the shotgun shells. You could see one, two, three, four of them in the gutter.
“These guys are idiots carrying on with their guns. It’s ridiculous, it’s getting worse.”
Police said it was too early to establish whether the shooting had any connections with Monday night’s Brothers 4 Life related shotgun attack at Blacktown.
A crime scene was established on West Terrace with forensic officers scouring the road for evidence between the Euro Terraces and the Emporium Function Centre.
The victim’s blood-soaked blue shirt on the footpath and four shotgun cartridges in the gutter were photographed.
A crime scene was also established in the Bankstown Hospital car park where the men parked their car. The car was later towed for forensic examination.
One of the victims was transferred to Liverpool Hospital for further treatment.
Detectives are waiting to speak with the injured men once they are well enough to be questioned.
Less than an hour later a house was also shot up on Mandina Place, Bringelly about 1am.
The single-storey brick house was fired upon with police finding a number of bullet holes in the front of the house. Nobody was home at the time.
A crime scene was established with police canvassing the neighbourhood. Forensic officers seized a number of items for examination.
There have now been 294 shootings since Premier Barry O’Farrell took office in March 2011.
On Monday night a 13-year-old girl was blasted in the back with a shotgun by three men looking for her brother with alleged Brothers 4 Life links at a house on Sunnyholt Rd, Blacktown.
On the same night a woman’s car was fired upon in a road rage attack at Iris St, Riverwood.
On Sunday night Brothers 4 Life gang member, Michael Odisho, 27, was shot in the thighs and arms at his Winston Hills home.
On the same night shots were fired into a three-storey townhouse on Blaxell St, Granville.
Early on Monday morning shots were also fired at a house on McGuirk Way, Rouse Hill about 4am.
Last week Mahmoud Hamzy, 25, a cousin of jailed killer Bassam Hamzy, was shot dead by three gunmen inside the garage of his home at Revesby Heights.
Later in the week Raymond Pasnin, 27, was killed after he was shot five times in the back as he walked towards his Subaru Impreza parked in the driveway of his mother’s Pendle Hill home.
Police are appealing for anyone that may have seen or heard anything to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.