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Men sought in Wollongong shooting

NSW Detectives have released images of two men they would like to speak to as investigations continue into an alleged shooting in Wollongong earlier this year.

Police say that at shortly before 9pm on Tuesday, a 50-year-old man entered a stairwell of a unit complex on Market Street, and was approached by two men who were allegedly armed with a hammer and firearm.

As the 50-year-old man attempted to walk past the pair, they allegedly assaulted him, before he was shot in the leg. The two men ran from the complex and fled the scene in a vehicle parked nearby. 

The injured man was treated at the scene before being taken to Wollongong Hospital for treatment to a bullet wound to his knee.

Officers from Wollongong Police District established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Following extensive inquiries, a 21-year-old man was arrested and charged in relation to the incident on Friday 12 June. He remains bail refused, and his next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday 16 September.

As inquiries continue, police are appealing for help from the public to identify two men who may be able to assist with the investigation. They were seen outside the City Beach Motel on the corner of Crown Street and Harbour Street, Wollongong, about midday on Wednesday 25 March.

One of the men was wearing red shorts, a grey top and grey baseball cap, while the other was wearing dark clothing.

Police would also like to identify the driver/owner of the silver Commodore sedan depicted in photographs at the intersection of Harbour and Crown Street, Wollongong, about midday on Wednesday 25 March. The man wearing the red shorts and grey top is believed to have entered this vehicle.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Wollongong Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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