A STRIKE force has been set up to investigate a series of fatal underworld shootings across Sydney.
Eight people have been shot dead across the city in the last 18 months, prompting the state’s Homicide Squad to establish Strike Force Osprey to oversee each investigation.
NSW Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Frank Mennilli said the reckless, violent behaviour of those involved is of very serious concern to the NSW Police and will not be tolerated.
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“Although these are targeted shootings, regardless of who the victim is – it is unacceptable. It only takes one bullet to injure or kill an innocent person,” Acting Deputy Commissioner Mennilli said.
“The recent shootings also reflect the greater ongoing challenges of organised crime and the role of illegal firearms.
“For as long as there are illegal guns in our community, we have to anticipate there will be people willing to use them.
“The safety and well being of the wider, law-abiding community remains our number one priority so we need to get those guns off the streets.
“Every single time we remove guns and ammunition from the street, the community benefits.
“I can assure the community that our most experienced police are working together under Strike Force Osprey to bring about a swift resolution in response to these violent crimes.”
State Crime Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mark Jenkins, said it’s too early to determine specific links between the shootings; however, that remains a key focus of the ongoing investigations.
“We know the victims in these crimes associated in similar circles so our task is to examine how those connections relate to the shootings, and possible motivations,” Assistant Commissioner Jenkins said.
Strike Force detectives are urging the community, if they have information that could assist police in their investigations, to come forward.
“Investigators are constantly up against a wall of silence – those connected to the victims or their associates are often unwilling to assist police, due to either misguided loyalties or fear of retribution.
“In order to bring those responsible for these shootings to justice we must gather evidence and put them before the court, and that’s why we need your help.
“If you know something, say something. It only takes a moment to make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers and what you know could make an enormous difference.”
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/
Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.