Bikie associate injured in December shooting
targeted in drive-by
By Jenny Noyes
May 18, 2022 — 4.36pm
An outlaw motorcycle gang associate who was shot in the leg in December has been targeted in a second drive-by shooting at his home in Sydney’s south-west, just two days after NSW Police launched a taskforce aimed at stopping escalating gang conflict.
Three people have been killed and a bikie boss critically injured over the past month.
Emergency services were called to the home of Shayan Jaberiyanfar on Carnelian Street in Leppington about 9.45pm on Tuesday night, after receiving reports of multiple shots fired.
Damage from bullets at the scene of a drive-by shooting on Tuesday night.
Damage from bullets at the scene of a drive-by shooting on Tuesday night. CREDIT:BROOK MITCHELL
Jaberiyanfar has been alleged to associate with outlaw motorcycle gangs, though any current associations are unknown.
Officers from Camden Area Command arrived at the scene to find a number of bullets had been fired into the front of the home and into a Mitsubishi Lancer parked outside.
Police investigating the shooting, not far from a childcare centre, were told a white van was seen nearby around the time it occurred.
Two men and a woman who were home on Tuesday night were lucky to avoid injury.
It was a different story at the same address on December 29 last year, when Jaberiyanfar was shot three times in the leg. He was hospitalised in a stable condition, with the injuries not considered life-threatening.
On that occasion, a burnt-out vehicle found in Casula was thought to be linked to the shooting. No arrests have been made and that shooting remains under investigation.
A spokeswoman for NSW Police said Tuesday night’s shooting is not believed to be linked to the recent spate of shootings targeting organised crime figures that has left three dead and led police to launch Taskforce Erebus on Monday. There is no suggestion that Jaberiyanfar had any involvement in those other shootings or any organised crime.
Police are continuing to investigate possible links between the shootings of Mahmoud “Brownie” Ahmad on April 27, Tarek and Omar Zahed on May 10 and Ahmad’s nephew Rami Iskander on May 14.
Iskander was laid to rest at Rookwood cemetery on Wednesday, following a funeral service at Lakemba Mosque – just 18 days after his uncle.
Meanwhile Comancheros boss Tarek Zahed remains in hospital with critical injuries a week after the shooting that claimed the life of his younger brother Omar.
While tit-for-tat is one line of inquiry into the murders, State Crime Commander Mick Fitzgerald said on Monday all three shootings are directly linked by the criminal drug trade.
Mahmoud “Brownie” Ahmad, Tarek Zahed and Rami Iskander were targeted in gangland shootings in April and May 2022. Ahmad and Iskander were killed, while Zahed was in hospital a week after being shot.
Taskforce Erebus, which links the three strike forces created to investigate the murders of Ahmad, Zahed and Iskander, represents a broader, co-ordinated approach that takes in dozens of existing investigations into other acts of violence, drug and firearm importation and supply, vehicle theft and other criminal activities.
The taskforce has made a number of arrests since its launch on Monday, including three adult teenagers charged following dawn raids on Wednesday.
Two 18-year-olds were charged with affray and participating in a criminal group, while 19-year-old Ratu Vakalolo was charged with drug supply and dealing with proceeds of crime.
The younger men were juveniles at the time of their alleged offences and cannot be named for legal reasons.