Unanderra shooting: gunman on the run after man shot dead in 'targeted attack'

Police say the man fatally shot during a targeted early-morning attack on a suburban Unanderra street was known to them, as the hunt for the person responsible continues.

Investigators have released little detail about what unfolded on Carr Parade just after 2am on Wednesday, or any information about the motive behind the incident.

What is known is emergency services were called to a home on the street about 2.15am, where they found a man with a gunshot wound on the nature strip.

Police officers conducted CPR until paramedics arrived. However, the man – aged in his 30s – couldn’t be saved. 

He is yet to be formally identified, but is believed to be from Wollongong’s northern suburbs.

"We believe this is a targeted shooting and we do not believe the community at large are at risk,” Detective Chief Inspector Glen Broadhead, from Lake Illawarra police, said.

Inspector Broadhead was unable to disclose what type of gun was used, or detail where the man was shot, when asked by the media on Wednesday morning.

“That’s subject to the investigation and we’re not going to reveal at this point in time where the actual shooting has occurred,” he said.

The number of shots fired was also subject to the ongoing investigation, as was the motive behind the attack, he said.

Neighbours have told the Mercury they were woken by the sound of multiple gunshots.

Police say a number of people were present at the time of the shooting.

“At this stage we’re conducting a number of inquiries, which consist of interviewing witnesses,” Inspector Broadhead said.

“We’re conducting canvassing within the area to try and identify any other witnesses that may be able to assist with the investigation.”

Forensic police spent the morning scouring the scene for evidence. A dark-coloured car – which had two bullet holes visible in the back driver’s side window – was examined by officers.

The car was parked on the gutter, near where the shot man was found injured on the nature strip outside the home.

Inspector Broadhead said that vehicle formed part of the ongoing investigation.

He was unable to detail the origin of the gunshots, including whether they were fired from a passing vehicle.

“We’ll be speaking to witnesses in relation to what they may have seen regarding the shooting and that will certainly determine as to how the shooting has occurred [and] as to whether a motor vehicle was used,” he said. 

A separate crime scene was set up in reserve off Derribong Drive at Cordeaux Heights, where a burnt-out car was found shortly after the Unanderra shooting.

“We haven’t been able to link anything at this point in time. However, that will form part of our inquiries,” he said.

Police inspect the burnt-out car in a reserve off Derribong Drive at Cordeaux Heights. Police say it's unclear whether it is linked to the Unanderra shooting. Picture: Robert Peet

Police inspect the burnt-out car in a reserve off Derribong Drive at Cordeaux Heights. Police say it's unclear whether it is linked to the Unanderra shooting. Picture: Robert Peet

Police officers, including those from the public order and riot squad, conducted a search of the reserve.

Back on Carr Parade, a large crime scene remained set up until the early afternoon.

Detectives were seen going door-to-door, speaking with neighbours, about 12.30pm. 

A short time later, the bullet-damaged car was loaded onto a tow truck and driven away.

Police tape, which had blocked access along the road and the adjoining Richards Street, was then removed. The nature strip outside the Carr Parade home, however, remained off limits. 

“We’re looking at access points in and out of where the shooting has occurred and we’ll certainly be looking to obtain CCTV footage and other witnesses,” Inspector Broadhead said.

Anyone with information about the shooting should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.