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article imagePolice address media after shootings in western Sydney Special

By Richard Milnes     Mar 10, 2013 in Crime
Sydney - Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, Commander, State Crime Command (SCC) Gangs Squad and Operation Apollo addressed the media at Sydney Police Centre, Goulburn Street, Surry Hills in relation to the shootings over the weekend in Western Sydney.
Police (AK): "Arthur Katsogiannis, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Commander of State Crime Command."
Media (2GB): "Thanks Arthur. Obviously it's worrying that we've had four shootings in what, the last twenty four hours?
Police (AK): "Look, as we all know that there were four shootings over the course of the weekend. For us that's four shootings too many. What I can say is the first shooting occurred at Tucks Road, Seven Hills and what I can tell you is a forty year old man has been arrested and charged with a number of firearms offences in respect of that particular shooting. Also police have seized two firearms, which we believe were involved in the shooting. Those firearms have been taken into police custody and are currently undergoing forensic procedure.
"In relation to the second shootings, yesterday afternoon. The first shooting occurred about 2:45pm. A forty-three year old female was shot a number of times in the lower body at a residence in Auburn Road, Auburn. She was taken to Westmead Hospital, where she underwent surgery and is currently in a serious, but stable condition. Several minutes after that particular shooting a separate shooting occurred at a residence in Provincial Road, Auburn, where a number of shots were fired into a residence. Fortunately no one was injured in relation to that particular shooting.
"Again in the early hours of this morning a fourth shooting occurred at a residence in Riverside Road, Lansvale, where a number of shots were fired into a residence where four adults were staying. Again fortunately nobody was injured. What I can say in respect to that particular shooting, we believe that it's related to an incident which happened earlier that evening.
"Operation Apollo investigators are currently working with investigators on the LAC reg commands and regions from each one of those shootings and they are following through on enquiries. Can I say this, that we are appealing to members of the community who may have witnessed any of those shootings or who may have information which can reveal who was responsible for those shootings to come forward and provide that information to police. The communities assistance in relation to these investigations cannot be overstated. I have said time and time again that we can't do it on our own. We can only do it with the assistance of the community and again, we appeal to those community members who have information to come forward and help us get these guns off the street.
"What I can say is that police, whilst concerned at these shootings, we are concerned at any shooting of course, we will continue to fight this battle. It's early days yet. Operation Apollo I can say in it's very early stages has already seized over sixty firearms. Over fifty percent of those are hand guns and I can also say, that so far this financial year, New South Wales Police has seized over 8,000 firearms, which is over 1,000 more than the previous financial year. So that in itself is a tremendous outcome for us.
"However, having said that, any shooting is one shooting too many and we will continue our battle to make sure that we get guns off the street and bring those responsible to justice."
More images of the press conference can be seen here.
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