Tensions were high outside the Merrylands home of underworld figure John Ibrahim's mother, with media pushed and shoved as deliveries for a high-profile wedding rolled in.
This afternoon's confrontation comes less than 24 hours after the family's bodyguard, Semi Ngata, was found out the front of the Price Street property with a gunshot wound.
In a western Sydney soap opera, John Ibrahim's nephew Sam is preparing to wed Aisha Mehajer — the sister of former Auburn deputy mayor Salim Mehajer.
New South Wales Police said there had been "tensions" between the families.
Mr Ngata, 59, is in a serious but stable condition at Westmead Hospital. The incident unfolded about 10:45pm Friday.
As a car delivering soft drinks arrived at the property, where the wedding will be held in the backyard, several camera crews — including the ABC — were shoved aside.
Rows of white chairs, as well as shade cloth and a small marquee are in the backyard, ahead of the wedding.
'We heard a noise like someone had been shot'
A neighbour who asked only to be known as "Khatira" said she heard the drama unfold last night.
"When we checked from our window, everyone was there, the police were there," she said.
"We heard a noise like someone had been shot from a gun."
Mr Ngata has had surgery and Khatira said she had seen Mr Ngala walk after being shot.
She described John Ibrahim's mother as a good neighbour.
"They always say hello," Khatira said.Let's