A CHILD has been shot after getting caught in the line of fire during a drive-by shooting in Sydney’s west.
The 13-year-old girl was shot in the leg when her friend’s Constance Street home at Guildford was sprayed with bullets around 9.45pm on Tuesday.
It’s understood a number of shots were fired into the home’s garage, which had its roller door open, from the passenger side of a silver SUV.
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Police said the 13-year-old victim was sitting inside the garage, chatting to a group of her friends when the shots rang out.
She was struck in the thigh and taken to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in a ‘serious but stable’ condition.
It’s understood the 13-year-old was a visitor at the house at the time of the shooting.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Superintendent Matt Appleton said it was an “atrocious crime”.
“It’s a cowardly act for someone to fire into a house in any circumstance, but then to put children at risk is hard to describe in words. She was very lucky,” he said.
While police have said they do not believe it was a random attack, they are unsure who the intended target was.
Detectives have been called in from across the region to help local police investigate the incident.
Anyone with any information that could assist police with the investigation is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.