Castlereagh St, Sydney alleged shooting: On his leafy suburban street in ... trends now

Castlereagh St, Sydney alleged shooting: On his leafy suburban street in ... trends now
Castlereagh St, Sydney alleged shooting: On his leafy suburban street in ... trends now

Castlereagh St, Sydney alleged shooting: On his leafy suburban street in ... trends now

A 79-year-old man charged with shooting a lawyer in the groin was described as a 'gentle old man' by shocked neighbours in the quiet southern Sydney street where he cares for his sick wife and lives with his adult son - as fresh details emerge about his background.

Police allege Sinve Vulic, 79, entered the ninth-floor offices of Van Cooney Lawyers on Castlereagh Street, in Sydney's CBD, at 12.50pm on Wednesday, holding a pistol and carrying a bag containing a sawn-off M1 carbine semi-automatic rifle.

It is alleged Vulic calmly asked to speak with the head of the firm, Van Cooney, before shooting him in the groin with the pistol. 

A handful of brave office workers, including the injured Mr Cooney, 77, then wrestled Vulic to the ground and pinned him down until police arrived three minutes later.

Police allege Sinve Vulic (pictured) shot a law firm boss in the groin on Wednesday afternoon

Police allege Sinve Vulic (pictured) shot a law firm boss in the groin on Wednesday afternoon

Neighbours on the quiet street in Illawong, where he has lived with his wife and adult son for almost 30 years, described him as a 'gentle old man' (pictured: Vulic's $1.65million home)

Neighbours on the quiet street in Illawong, where he has lived with his wife and adult son for almost 30 years, described him as a 'gentle old man' (pictured: Vulic's $1.65million home)

Vulic has been charged with shooting with intent to murder, in addition to six weapons-related offences.

He is yet to enter a plea and remains in custody. Police allege it was a personal dispute, although the details are shrouded in mystery.

The shocking burst of alleged violence in the heart of Sydney's legal district came as a complete surprise to Vulic's neighbours on the quiet, leafy street in Illawong where he has lived for almost 30 years. 

One neighbour said they had heard the police raiding the house on Wednesday evening but had no idea it was connected to the alleged shooting in the city.

'He's lovely. He speaks minimal English but whenever we see him mowing the lawn or out gardening my kids go up to him and say hi,' she said.

Another neighbour a few doors up said Vulic looked after his wife Kata, who was unwell.

'He's just a gentle old man,' the neighbour

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