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Five public shootings in as many days have prompted police across western Sydney to join forces in a bid to prevent an innocent bystander from being wounded or killed.

Five drive-by shootings have taken place in the Fairfield and Merrylands areas since Friday, leaving a number of homes and businesses riddled with bullets.

Detective Superintendent Peter Lennon, Fairfield Local Area Commander, said somebody’s child, mother, girlfriend or boyfriend would eventually fall victim to the violence.

“Very, very soon someone is going to be killed or seriously injured,” Detective Superintendent Lennon told reporters today.

Police from the two areas and detectives from State Crime Command established Strike Force Restore today to determine if any of the shootings were linked.

The most recent incident took place early today when the front of a pizza shop was shot up, just before a home in Lachlan Street, Bossley Park was sprayed with bullets.

No one was injured in either incident.

Police are also investigating a sixth shooting in Merrylands that was the result of a domestic argument between two men.

Officers called to Barcom Street by concerned residents about 10.30pm yesterday found a number of spent shell casings on the road.

At 10.35pm, two men in their early 20s arrived at Westmead Hospital with gunshot wounds. One had been shot in the face and shoulder, and the other had been shot in the back.

A 27-year-old Merrylands man is helping police with their inquiries.

Police are awaiting ballistic reports to determine if the same weapons were used in any of the drive-by shootings.

Detectives say they have a difficult task ahead of them because some members of the community are afraid of coming forward.

“The one issue that we do have as a police force is that there are victims, witnesses and members of the community who know what has taken place but will not come forward and assist the police,” Detective Superintendent Lennon said.


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