‘Help, they’ve killed my lover’
MOMENTS after three shots rang out across a Western Sydney apartment block on a still, hot summer night, a woman ran out to the street screaming.
"My boyfriend's dead," the horrified woman howled at passers-by and arriving police.
Paramedics worked on the man at the block on Gundaroo St, Villawood but were unable to save the 40-year-old, who died at the scene.
He has yet to be identified, but it's understood the distressed woman was the dead man's fiancee and was with him in the unit when the men arrived.
The woman told 9News her partner saved her life.
"We were together, he had his arm around me and we were standing there," the woman told 9NEWS.
"Then he said, 'babe, get down,' and he just got shot instead of me.
"If he hadn't done that, I would have been shot for sure."
Police said the shooting was "targeted" and "horrific".
Witnesses said a silver Commodore pulled up near the block of flats about 8.30pm on Saturday night and a man got out, approached the units and was heard arguing with someone.
As the altercation unfolded, neighbours later reported hearing a man say: "Oh, just stab him", moments before shots were fired. The gunman then raced back to the car, jumped in and took off with two other men also in the car.
Neighbours said the dead man had only recently moved into the block, which has a regular police presence.
Bankstown LAC Detective Chief Inspector of Darren Sly today said the block of units on was "well known" to police.
"We visit the area and those apartment blocks regularly," DCI Sly said. "It is one of our go-to areas."
While a man was arrested at the scene, police said it was not related to the shooting.
They confirmed there was a confrontation between the dead man and the trio who arrived in the silver Commodore, and they were keen to find them. Police also said they were hunting a "grey or silver sedan".
"The exact nature of the confrontation is unknown at this point in time," DCI Sly said.
"My message to those three men, whether or not they were involved, is to come forward and speak to police as soon as possible so we can hear their side of the story."
"Three gunshots were mentioned but I honestly don't know at this point in time," he said. "It is a horrific attack but it's early stages so we are unable to say what caused it."
But DCI Sly would not say whether the victim was known to police, nor would he begin to speculate on possible motives for the killing so early in the investigation.
"It's a very public area and any gun crime is absolutely horrific," he said. "We urge members of the public who have information on gun crime to come forward."
The area was made a crime scene by the Homicide Squad and police began doorknocking the man's neighbours and conducting line searches for evidence across the area yesterday.