Detectives seek assistance to identify persons and vehicles of interest in Merrylands shooting

Detectives investigating the shooting of a man in Sydney’s west late last year are re-appealing for information that may assist with their inquiries, NSW Police say.

Police from Cumberland Police Area Command responded to reports of a shooting at a home on Price Street, Merrylands, about 10.45pm on Friday 17 November 2017.

Officers were told the 59-year-old man was in the backyard at the home and shot by an unknown person, who is believed to have fled in a stolen Subaru WRX, which was located burnt out on Rees Street, Mays Hill, a short time later.

The man was treated at Westmead Hospital for a gunshot wound to his back before being released the following week.

Detectives from the Criminal Groups Squad established Strike Force Wolgun to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

During a canvass and search of the local area, investigators located two pistols in the rear yard of an unoccupied home, which have been seized and are undergoing forensic and ballistic examination.

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Further inquiries have revealed the shooter was assisted by at least five other people to drive to and from the scenes of the shooting and the car fire, as well as setting the WRX on fire.

As investigations continue, Strike Force Wolgun detectives have released CCTV of the four vehicles of interest, a stolen dark blue WRX (burnt out), a white Toyota Hilux, a silver Toyota Corolla hatchback, and a small white hatchback with P-plates.

Criminal Groups Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Deb Wallace, said strike force investigators are keen to speak with anyone who recognises the people or vehicles in the vision.

“The vision depicts at least six people on Rees Street with the vehicles, then one car leaves and the WRX is set on fire, and we later see the Hilux further down the street after the WRX is well-alight,” Det Supt Wallace said.

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“Given the size of the initial flame and the position of the person lighting it, we believe they may have sustained burns to the hands and arms, and possibly the face.

“We are continuing to make inquiries with medical professionals, but also seeking information from members of the community who know someone who suffered unexplained burns at that time.

“If anyone recognises the vehicles or the people in the vision, we urge them to get in contact with Strike Force Wolgun investigators as soon as possible,” Det Supt Wallace said.

Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Wolgun investigators to call Crime Stoppers.