One dead after shooting in Punchbowl

Police at the scene of the shooting.
Police at the scene of the shooting.

PARTS of Punchbowl were placed in lockdown as police searched for two gunmen responsible for shooting dead a tiler and seriously injuring an electrician working on a two-storey home on Tuesday afternoon.

The men, of Middle Eastern background, were sitting on chairs at the back of the Lumeah Avenue property when two masked gunmen wearing black opened fire around 4.10pm, then jumped a fence and ran away, according to a witness.

Police found the tiler, who also owned the home he was renovating, dead at the back of the property with three gunshot wounds. He and his wife bought the corner property last year and were building a large family home on it. The electrician, aged in his 30s, collapsed out the front of the property and was taken to hospital in a serious but stable condition.

A neighbour said he and his father ran out and tried to stem his blood flow until an ambulance arrived. The electrician had gunshot wounds to the back of his legs, hands and the back of his head and said ''they shot us'' in Arabic as the neighbour tried to save him.

Police dogs, helicopters and heavily-armed officers conducted an ''extensive canvass'' of the area on Tuesday night, ordering residents and workers to stay inside and lock their doors. They were unable to find the alleged gunmen.

A nearby worker said a police officer rushed into their business and told them to lock up because there was a gunman on the loose. ''The officer was really quick. He said to lock up and mentioned a firearm,'' the worker said.

One resident in Lumeah Avenue said she heard four gunshots outside a property that is under construction. She didn't think anything of it because the construction site is often noisy, but when she later heard sirens in the street she went outside.

A heavily-armed policeman yelled at her: ''Go back inside.''

Another neighbour said she ran outside after hearing the shots and saw a young man lying on the ground with blood rushing from his head. She said he looked about 20 years old.

''It was shocking,'' she said.

The incident is not thought to be related to a spate of recent gun deaths in Sydney. Earlier this month, Comanchero Faalau Pisu, 23, was shot dead at a wedding reception in Canley Vale and John Devine, 28, was seriously wounded days later in retaliation.

And two men with bikie links were killed in another shooting at South Wentworthville last month.

''[There is] nothing that has jumped out in terms of the other shootings,'' a police source said on Tuesday night.

One resident said this had been the second shooting in Lumeah Avenue in six months. ''I came home from work and there were police and media everywhere last time,'' he said.

The incident was the 128th shooting in Sydney this year, according to the Opposition Leader, John Robertson.

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