A man shot in the head in a suspected gang-related shooting has died of his injuries.
A gunman opened fire on the car 25-year-old Ahmad Al Azzam was sitting in at 2am in an industrial area at Greenacre last Sunday.
Mr Azzam was shot multiple times.
His death is the latest in a month-long spree of shootings believed to be related to gang activity, with five shootings this week.
The young man was rushed to hospital in a critical condition but has succumbed to his injuries.
Mr Azzam’s family announced his death on social media on Thursday, asking for prayers.
“It’s with great sadness we announce my brother Ahmad Al Azzam 25 years old returned to his Lord this morning,” they said.
An innocent couple were also caught up in the shooting after the gunman’s shots pierced their car parked 50 metres down the street.
Kaashif Richards, 22, was shot in the neck and Achiraya Jantharat, 19, was shot in the back. Paramedics rushed them to hospital along with Mr Azzam after the attack.
Mr Richards remains in hospital while Ms Jantharat has been released.
Police are “throwing everything” at finding the shooter, but there is a mystery at why Mr Azzam was targeted as it is believed he lacks links to organised crime.
The investigation has now been taken over by detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad under Strike Force Alpina, part of the newly former Taskforce Magnus investigating the spate of shootings.
Mr Azzam is the latest victim in a month-long spate of shootings across Sydney, sparked on June 27 with the shooting of Alen Moradian, shot multiple times in the head in an underground car park at Bondi Junction.
A balaclava-clad gunman burst into a beauty salon on a busy Marrickville road in broad daylight to shoot brothers William and Eric Siale. Both survived.
Just three days after Mr Azzam was shot, a 31-year-old criminal defence lawyer was also shot in Greenacre as he stood outside his home.
In the most recent shooting, a man found dead in Canterbury at 2am on Thursday. He is believed to have links to drug supply.