Police are investigating whether a 40-year-old Auburn father has become the target of a drive-by shooting for the third time in just seven months.
A house next door to the heavily fortified Auburn mansion of convicted drug dealer Hakan Goktas was sprayed with bullets on Saturday afternoon.
A senior police source said the shooter may have been targeting the Goktas family home and it was “just bad shooting on their part”.
The shooting came just 20 minutes after an aunt of convicted murderer and Brothers For Life gang founder Bassam Hamzy was shot in the legs outside her Auburn Road housing commission apartment.
The 43-year-old woman was taken to hospital in a stable condition. Her father is a brother of Hamzy’s father, Khaled.
Police are examining whether the shootings are related to two others aimed at Mr Goktas in the past seven months.
In August, Mr Goktas and his girlfriend were shot at in a road-rage incident when their Toyota Hilux had a minor collision with a black Lexus being driven by 22-year-old Ada Aydin. The shots grazed his girlfriend’s head and both had to be treated in hospital.
Two weeks later, Mr Goktas and his 16-year-old son, Hasan, were both shot at in the driveway of the Auburn St apartment block that Mr Hamzy’s aunt lives in.
The driveway is covered in chalk graffiti referencing the Brothers For Life gang. A 25 year-old man has been charged over that shooting, which left Hasan in a critical condition with gunshot wounds to his stomach.
Mr Goktas is on a two-year intensive correction order for knowingly taking part in the supply of methamphetamine. He has also appeared before the NSW Crime Commission on firearms charges.
Police are examining whether Saturday’s shootings are linked to the two other attempts on his life, including whether they are retribution for his co-operation with police in the past.
However, investigators are keeping an “open mind” and will look at fresh conflicts that may have arisen since.
A senior police officer said they didn’t know yet whether Hamzy’s aunt was the intended target of the knee-capping or whether it was a message to her notorious family.
“We don’t know whether it’s to do with criminality in relation to family or something completely different like a dispute over something else,” the police officer said.
“We’ve got a lot of information coming through and it’s still in early days.” Police said they were “confident” of knowing the identity of the shooter in the coming days.
It was one of four shootings over the weekend, however drive-bys in Seven Hills and Lansvale were unrelated, police said.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.