Man charged after Connells Point drive-by shooting left nine-year-old girl injured


Man, 34, charged after he was arrested in a nearby street following drive-by shooting of a nine-year-old girl in Sydney’s south

  • A 34-year-old man charged following a drive-by shooting in Sydney’s south 
  • A nine year old girl was injured on Queens Rd, Connells Point, in the shooting
  • A car was found burnt out in the nearby suburb of Oatley before man arrested 
  • Incident came eight months after another shooting on same suburban street 

A 34-year-old man has been charged following a drive-by shooting that injured a nine-year-old girl in Sydney’s south. 

The girl was with her mother and two other children unloading groceries from a car when a gunman allegedly opened fire on Queens Road at Connells Point at 5.50pm on Friday.

The nine-year-old suffered a gunshot to the hip and was rushed to Sydney Children’s Hospital in a stable condition.

The drive-by shooting marked the second time in eight months the home has been targeted. 

A 34-year-old man was found by police on Neville Street, in Oatley, about 7.15pm before he was arrested and taken to St George Police Station.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested following a drive-by shooting that injured a nine-year-old girl in Sydney’s south 

He was charged with one count of shoot at with intent to murder, refused bail and scheduled to appear at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday. 

Detective acting chief superintendent Grant Taylor labelled the shooting an ‘ungainly act of violence’.

‘This shooting was a dangerous, ungainly act of violence that resulted in a child being rushed to hospital for surgery,’ he said.

‘A multi-level response was immediately deployed, which saw Raptor Squad and other specialist officers work in unison to immediately locate an alleged offender within hours, and gather other crucial forensic evidence.’

Emergency services rushed to the home at Queens Road, Connells Point, following reports of a multiple shots fired, said police.

First responders carried out first aid on the nine-year-old before the arrival of NSW Ambulance paramedics. 

‘I ran outside after I heard the shots and I could smell the gun powder,’ one neighbour told the Daily Telegraph.

‘I could hear a woman wailing.’

Officers attached to St George Police Area Command established a crime scene and commenced initial inquiries.

The girl was with her mother and two other children, unloading groceries from a car, when a gunman opened fire on Queens Road at Connell Point at 5.50pm on Friday (stock image)

The girl was with her mother and two other children, unloading groceries from a car, when a gunman opened fire on Queens Road at Connell Point at 5.50pm on Friday (stock image) 

A red Mini Cooper and a burnt-out black BMW found nearby were seized for forensic examination. 

In November a home on the same street was peppered with nine bullets, with the two men home at the time escaping injury.

One neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, labelled police ‘weak’ saying they didn’t ‘do enough’ to investigate the first shooting.

If they had investigated properly this wouldn’t have happened. We never heard anything back from police after the first shooting,’ he said. 

On that occasion police also found a burned out car located nearby.

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