POLICE have located three handguns down a drain near the scene of a group shootout in Sydney’s south.
Officers were called to the car park of the Coles Express service station on Frederick Street and Forest Road in Bexley just before 3am today.
Investigations are now underway after witnesses reported several shots being fired in the early hours of this morning.
Initial inquiries suggest a group of males were involved in an argument when a second group of males, armed with firearms, started to shoot as they approached the first group.
It is unknown if anyone was injured during the incident, or how many people were involved.
There were also reports of a brawl at nearby Wollongong Road in Arncliffe not long before the shooting took place. It is not known if the two incidents are connected.
Police have established a crime scene, and are urging anyone who has information to contact Kogarah Police Station via Crime Stoppers.
St George LAC Superintendant Mark Walton said the incident is “concerning and quite outrageous, albeit it was 3am, it’s the height of stupidity for anyone to engage in this activity”.
“Two different groups of males, we believe four in each group, were at the service station... we understand the two groups of males were arguing verbally for up to 10 minutes, when another male has come across Forest Rd from Broadford St and fired a number of shots towards one of the groups,” Supt Walton said.
“At that stage, the male who fired the shots has ran back across the road and down Broadford Street, where he was last scene.”
The three pistols were found stuffed down a drain, 1km along Broadford Street.
“The two groups have dispersed from the service station and we do not believe any one was injured as a result of this incident.”
The men are broadly described as middle eastern, and the two groups fled the scene in two different cars- one beings late model dual-can white Hilux ute.
“As police canvassed the area, we found three pistols within a drain in Broadford St,” Mr Walton said.
“There is no details about their dispute or argument may have been... there is nothing to indicate what the motive was in relation to this.
“What does concern me is that one of the groups was fired upon, and normally we would consider these people victims. But when people don’t come to the police and report crime, I can’t consider them victims.”