Isolated shooting in Sydney CBD deemed unrelated to gang activity

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28th February 2024 – (Sydney) Authorities in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, have confirmed that the shooting incident in Sydney’s central business district (CBD) on Wednesday was an isolated event, with no evidence suggesting any involvement of criminal gangs.

Emergency services responded to a call at approximately 12.50pm local time, reporting a 77-year-old man with a gunshot wound at a building on Castlereagh Street in the city centre.

The injured individual was swiftly transported to St Vincent’s Hospital, where he is currently in stable condition undergoing further assessment.

Law enforcement officials have arrested a 79-year-old man in connection with the incident. He has been taken into custody at the Day Street Police Station.

Detective Inspector David El-Badawi of the NSW Police Force addressed the media near the scene on Castlereagh Street, stating that the investigation is in its preliminary stages, and the nature of the relationship between the two individuals involved is yet to be determined.

El-Badawi emphasized that this was an isolated shooting and clarified that there is no connection to outlaw motorcycle gangs or any form of gang-related violence.

The incident took place within an office building, where the staff demonstrated bravery by subduing the 79-year-old shooter until the arrival of the police, according to El-Badawi.

Contrary to initial reports of multiple victims, there was only one individual injured, and a single shot was fired from a semi-automatic pistol.

“The firearm has been secured, and the crime scene is being processed. There is no immediate threat or danger to the public,” El-Badawi assured.

Inspector Dominic Wong from NSW Ambulance provided details about the victim, stating that the 77-year-old male sustained a gunshot wound to his groin area. However, he remained in a stable condition with normal vital signs and no active bleeding.

The police are currently conducting a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Further information regarding the offender is still being confirmed.

“At this stage, he is not cooperating. We don’t have complete details about him. We are doing everything we can to gather more information,” El-Badawi explained.

This incident marks the second shooting in Sydney this week. On Tuesday, a man was fatally shot outside a residence on Stella Street in Fairfield Heights, located approximately 25 km west of Sydney’s city centre. The two incidents are unrelated.