A woman injured during a deadly Bankstown shooting on Friday was an innocent bystander, police have revealed, as detectives continue to hunt for the wanted gunman across two states.
Known Sydney crime figure Walid “Wally” Ahmad was gunned down at a Bankstown shopping centre on Friday, and two others including a 32-year-old woman were injured.
Homicide Squad detectives on Sunday released a statement saying the woman had not been involved in the shooting.
“Initial inquiries have led police to confirm the woman injured in the incident was an innocent bystander, and was sitting at a coffee table nearby when she was shot in the leg,” police said.
“She is believed to not be linked in any way to those involved in the shooting.”
Another man, aged 51, was also also taken to Liverpool Hospital but police would not comment on his injuries or involvement. It is understood he may have been an associate of the victim. Both remained in a stable condition on Sunday.
The hunt for the killer continued on Sunday, with police directing their search into Victoria after the discovery of a crashed, abandoned car that may have been used in the escape.
Ahmad, 41, was shot by a masked assassin who fled in a white Mercedes that was later discovered burnt out in nearby Greenacre.
On Saturday, the NSW Police Force confirmed it had been contacted by its counterparts in Victoria following a single-vehicle crash on the Hume Highway at Benalla.
A spokesman said: “Investigators are exploring whether the vehicle is linked to the recent shooting in Bankstown.”
By the time crash investigators arrived on scene, the occupants of the vehicle had left. As a prominent figure in Sydney’s underworld, Ahmad had been on the police radar for many years.
Fairfax Media understands Ahmad had stood over several smash repair firms around Bankstown and demanded that a certain percentage of crash scene vehicles be funnelled to his Condell Park business for repairs. In 2005, he was jailed over the fatal shooting of Mayez Dany three years earlier.