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New South Wales Police continue to execute a major disruption operation targeting criminal networks in south-west Sydney, following a series of public acts of violence in recent weeks.

Last Monday (October 19, 2020), emergency services were called to Simmat Avenue, Condell Park, after reports of a shooting.

A man was found with multiple gunshot wounds nearby. Despite the efforts of the emergency services, he died on the spot.

Strike Force Courier was created by the criminal group State Crime Command to investigate the murder of Mejid Hamzy.

As part of ongoing investigations, Strike Force investigators executed search warrants at the crime scene at the Simmat Avenue property, as well as at a unit also in Condell Park and at a home in Fairfield. .

Investigations are continuing.

Along with concurrent ongoing investigations, Strike Force Raptor, assisted by Operation Talon and Metropolitan Operations Support Group North West (OSG), launched an operation to quell further acts of violence following the recent murders and shootings in public places.

Public Safety Orders (PSOs) have been served on 22 people who police say are linked to the ongoing conflict in Sydney’s South West. PSOs were served at the following locations:

  • Fairmount Street, Merrylands
  • Irrigation Road, Merrylands
  • Place Royale, Greystanes
  • Chelsea Street, Merrylands
  • Gerald Street, Greystanes
  • Ropes Creek Road, Mount Druitt
  • Pan Croissant, Greystanes
  • Colyton Road, Minchinbury
  • The Promenade, San Souci
  • East Street, Lidcombe
  • Albert Road, Auburn
  • McPherson Street, Bronte
  • Auburn Road, Auburn
  • Princes Highway, Rockdale
  • Percy Street, Auburn
  • Jervis Street, Ermington
  • Canterbury Road, Punchbowl

Alongside the PSO service, Strike Force Raptor and the South West Metropolitan Area continued targeted enforcement of gun ban orders in the South West suburbs of Sydney.

Commander of the Crime Groups Squad, Detective Superintendent Robert Critchlow said police would use every means at their disposal to quell public acts of violence.

“We have served public safety orders and will continue to enforce gun prohibition orders, the next stage will likely see the enforcement of serious crime prohibition orders which place huge restrictions on how lives of those who served them,” Detective Superintendent Critchlow said.

“Anyone involved in these shootings or other violent activities should expect to be arrested. Shooting at homes, businesses or cars is reckless and dangerous and will not be tolerated by the police.

“We will not stop in our pursuit of these reckless and negligent individuals who continue to endanger the community, and if you are involved, wherever you are, whatever you do, it is best to assume that we are monitoring each of your movements,” Detective Superintendent Critchlow said.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. The information is treated in a strictly confidential manner. The public are reminded not to report information through the NSW Police social media pages.

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