Man charged over alleged role in firearm supply syndicate - Strike Force Parbery

Thursday, 21 July 2022 05:02:38 PM

A man has been charged by Criminal Groups Squad detectives over his alleged involvement in the supply of illicit firearms, following investigations into a public place shooting outside a Prospect gym last year.

About 11.35am on Monday 29 November 2021, emergency services were called to Rowood Road, Prospect, following reports of a public place shooting.

Police were told a number of shots were fired from a Mazda wagon at a group of four men who were approaching the front entrance of the complex, before the vehicle fled the carpark toward Blacktown Road.

One of the men – aged 33 – sustained a gunshot wound to his lower right leg. The others were uninjured.

The injured man was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Westmead Hospital and has since recovered.

Officers from Blacktown Police Area Command established crime scenes at both locations before the matter was referred to detectives from State Crime Command’s Criminal Groups Squad, who established Strike Force Parbery to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

So far during the investigation, seven men – aged between 19 and 27 – have been charged over their alleged roles in the shooting and remain before the courts.

Following further investigations, strike force detectives attended a correctional centre near Silverwater today (Thursday 21 July 2022), where they arrested a 36-year-old man.

He was charged with six offences including supply unregistered firearm-pistol, unlawfully sell firearms three times or more within 12 months, supply unregistered firearm-not pistol/prohibited firearm, supply shortened firearm (not pistol) to other and knowingly direct activities of criminal group.

The man was remanded in custody and appeared before Parramatta Local Court today, where he was formally bail refused to reappear at the same court on Thursday 15 September 2022.

Police will allege in court the man was the principal member of a syndicate involved in the illicit sales of ammunition and prohibited firearms – including a handgun and semi-automatic rifle – earlier this year.

Investigations under Strike Force Parbery are ongoing.

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