A bullet hole in the window of a family home in Auburn across the road from where the boy was shot. Heavily fortified … the home of the boy who was shot and his father, who was shot two weeks ago, in Auburn.
Chalk graffiti on the Auburn apartment block where the boy was shot yesterday. Brothers 4 Life is the gang founded by Bassam Hamzy.
A teenage boy is fighting for his life after being gunned down in the driveway of an apartment block in Sydney’s west.
The 16 year-old boy was the victim of a targeted shooting in Auburn Road, Auburn, last night and police say his family, who are known to police, are refusing to co-operate with them.
The Herald understands the boy’s father, Hakan Goktas, was shot in his car in Auburn two weeks ago, one of more than 100 drive-by shootings in Sydney this year.
He was injured but had only a short stay in hospital.
Detective Superintendent Philip Rogerson said police were investigating whether the boy was shot as part of an ongoing dispute involving his father.
Mr Goktas took his son to hospital yesterday evening but dropped him at the door and then left.
The boy was moved to Westmead Hospital and underwent emergency surgery. He is in an induced coma and is listed as critical but stable.
Superintendent Rogerson said “anyone could have been injured or killed” by the shooting, which occurred in front of a large group of children.
A car with bullet holes was later found outside the Park Road home of the boy, two streets away from where he was shot.
The boy’s home is heavily fortified with concrete walls.
The apartment block where the shooting occurred backs on to Civic Park, a popular hang-out spot for teenagers.
Superintendent Rogerson said his team of detectives were “working around the clock” to solve a string of public-place shootings in Auburn in recent months.
Mr Goktas is with detectives but is giving away little information, he said.
Assistant Commissioner Frank Menilli said this month that shooting victims were continually refusing to co-operate with police because they wanted to protect their own criminality.
A stray bullet hit a resident’s balcony across the road. “It’s a disgraceful act,” Superintendent Rogerson said.
The newly built home is that of a mother and her two children.
She said the bullet hit the balcony just outside the bedroom of her 21-year-old son.
He had to leave the home because he was scared, she said.
“I’m shaking, I’m very scared,” she said.
The apartment block where the boy was shot is covered in chalk messages about gangs and the police.
Several messages say “Brothers 4 Life B4L”, referring to the gang founded by Bassam Hamzy, the convicted murderer, drug dealer and kidnapper serving a life sentence in Goulburn Supermax.
Other scrawled messages say “criminal mind” and “down for brothers, f— da cops”.
One resident said groups of teenagers often hang out in the driveway where there is a couch and a basketball ring.
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