A 13-year-old girl has been shot in the thigh in what police believe was a targeted attack in Sydney’s west last night.
Emergency services were called to a home in Guildford following reports shots had been fired at an open garage where a group of people were sitting.
Neighbours reported hearing “five or six pops” and quickly spilled onto Constance Street, where the incident happened about 9:45pm last night.
The girl was taken to the Children’s Hospital Westmead in a serious but stable condition.
Several people engaged in heated discussions with officers, with some waving their hands while others wiped back tears.
A woman named Dianne heard several bangs and said: “I got scared, it sounded like fireworks.”
“I saw police cars everywhere. They blocked the street off.”
At one stage, several men ducked under police tape that was blocking the area, and had to be pushed back.
Another woman who heard the incident unfold said it was not the first time there had been drama in the area.
“We were sitting at home watching television and all of a sudden we heard five or six pops,” she said.
“I said to my husband that didn’t sound like a car backfiring, that sounded like gunshots.
“Then we heard the police coming, and we heard a bit of screaming.
“It’s the sort of area where it happens all the time, it was just another night in Guildford.”