Shots fired at footy training


Story appeared in: Torch | June 15th, 2017



CONFUSION reigned after at a number of shots were fired at a park where a children's football training session was underway at Villawood last night.
Children and their parents were forced to flee Thurina Park about 6.15pm on Wednesday when a man was found nearby with multiple gunshot wounds to his legs.
Emergency services were called to the Lowana Street park after reports that a number of shots had been fired. Police said numerous children and parents were at the park at the time.
Police found a man with multiple gunshot wounds to both legs. He was treated at the park by paramedics before being taken to hospital in a stable condition.
Bankstown police established a crime scene and initial inquiries suggest it was a targeted attack.
A neighbour living opposite the park told the Torch that parents fled with their children, and traffic around the usual quiet streets became "chaotic".
Another resident, Stella Galanis, said she now holds fears for her 9-year-old son, who although wasn't at that session, trained at Thurina Park on a different night.
"This guys is still on the loose," she said.
"I have real fears of letting my son attend training sessions here now."
Police would like to speak to a man who might be able to assist with their inquiries. He is described as being of Mediterranean/Middle Eastern appearance, 175-180cm tall, about 25 years old, with a black beard. The man was last seen wearing dark hooded jumper and light coloured tracksuit pants and left the scene in a dark coloured station wagon. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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Publication: Torch | Section: News | Author: Mark Kirkland | Story ID: 128598 | Viewcount: 5665

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