THE man gunned down in an apparent drive-by shooting in Sydney’s south-west was targeted by known associates, according to police.

NSW Police have confirmed the 20-year-old man was “known to detectives” and was likely the victim of a bloody hit which has left him fighting for life in hospital.

One bullet hit him in the hip, causing critical injuries, while several others peppered the roadside in the normally quiet Heckenberg street.

Police flooded the quiet suburban street about 5pm yesterday and set up a crime scene in a bid to find the shooter.

Neighbours and multiple witnesses reported seeing black vehicle driving from the scene, sparking a city-wide manhunt for the driver.

Witnesses told police they heard multiple gunshots before seeing the vehicle speed away.

Green Valley Local Area Command were first on the scene, where they found the man lying on the ground with “critical” injuries to his hip.

He was also found with a graze on his arm but it is not clear whether the injury was caused by a second bullet or the impact of hitting the ground.

Specialist forensic police were yesterday trying to piece together the narrative of the shooting by questioning neighbours and analysing stray bullet fragments.

They have no formal suspects at this stage and have urged the public to come forward with any information which could lead to an arrest.
As of last night, the gunman was still on the run.

Police were also investigating several shots that were fired from a car at Sefton.

Police were called to Rodd St about 11pm on Thursday after reports that a number of shots had been fired from a small car before it was driven off.

Anyone with further information about either incident should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.