Second man charged following inquiries into Prospect shooting - Criminal Groups Squad

Saturday, 18 December 2021 05:00:10 AM

Criminal Groups Squad detectives have charged a second man as part of ongoing investigations into a public place shooting outside a Prospect gym last month.

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 been released.

A short time after the shooting, emergency services were called to Augusta Street, Blacktown, where the Mazda was located on fire.

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, a 23-year-old man has been arrested, and two search warrants were executed on Thursday (16 December 2021). The man was charged and remains before the courts.

Following further investigations, Raptor Squad officers arrested a 19-year-old man at a home at Hardy Street, Blackett, about 1pm yesterday (Friday 17 December 2021).

He was taken to Mt Druitt Police Station where he was charged with four counts of shoot at person with intent to murder, fire firearm in or near public place, intentionally damage property by fire, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit/authority, possess unauthorised pistol, not keep firearm safely-pistol, deal with property proceeds of crime and possess or use a prohibited weapon with permit.

The Tregear man was refused bail and will appear at Parramatta Bail Court today (Saturday 18 December 2021).

Investigations under Strike Force Parbery are continuing.

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.