Police said a man inside a silver-colored Toyota Orion allegedly fired three shots at a white Toyota Yaris on Fourth Avenue in Condell Park last night, led by a 37-year-old mother, with her four children, including two 17-year-olds, a 16-year-old and a 12-year-old inside.
The mother continued driving before driving into another car near Townsend Street just after noon.
NSW Police Inspector Darren Sly said police believe the alleged shooting was triggered by an argument on social media, but what it entailed was still under investigation.
“Police understand that the shooting was the result of an escalation over an altercation that stemmed from social media and a chat group,” he said.
“It’s absolutely appalling that a quarrel can … (end) in gunfire, and people using firearms or weapons.”
Detective Sly said it was an “absolute miracle” that the family escaped unharmed from the ordeal.
A crime scene was established, and a 20-year-old man was later arrested by special police from Public Order and Riots.
The man left a unit block off Clack Road in Chester Hill in a silver Toyota Orion when he was arrested just after noon. 8 today.
He has been taken to Bankstown police station, where charges are expected to be raised.
Police raided the unit block with the assistance of the Tactical Operations Unit and allegedly found ammunition and illegal weapons on the property.
However, they are not believed to be connected to the alleged shooting at this time.
The two cars involved have also been seized to be examined by specialist forensic police.
Police are still looking for another perpetrator believed to have been involved, as well as the gun fired.