A second man has died following a deadly “targeted” shooting in Sydney’s inner west last week that is believed to have links to notorious motorcycle gangs.
Ex-bikie Albert Rick Difloriano, 55, died in hospital after suffering a gunshot wound to the head. He was rushed to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a critical condition after being found inside a home on Victoria St, Lewisham.
Another man, Aleksandar Stevanovic, 36, died on the way to hospital after shocked neighbours found the bloodied man on Henry St just after 1pm on Friday.
The circumstances surrounding he incident are still being investigated, but police have described the shooting as “targeted”.
It is believed the pair have links to outlaw motorcycle gangs.
On Saturday reports emerged that the fatal incident would be treated as a bikie shootout, with specialist police called in to investigate.
Mr Difloriano is the founder of The Saint Michael Christian Brothers Fight Club.
Although initial reports indicated the younger man had been stabbed, police later confirmed he had been shot in the chest.
Several police vehicles, the dog squad, and emergency services were called to the scene, blocking off several surrounding streets as officers raided properties.
NSW Police released a statement that said: “Officers from Inner West Police Area Command have established a crime scene and are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
“Initial inquiries suggest the shootings were targeted and there is no ongoing threat to the community.”
The two men are believed to be known to each other, but it is unclear what sparked the shooting.
Officers are exploring “all avenues” to determine how the victims sustained the wounds, a spokeswoman said.
On average there has been a shooting every day in the last month in NSW – 35 shootings in 30 days.