Community leaders and police have appealed for calm after gunshots were fired at the western Sydney house of a senior member of an anti-Islamic group.
The attack on Nathan Abela’s home comes as NSW police investigate anti-Islamic comments the Australian Defence League (ADL) leader posted on Facebook.
The 24-year-old claimed he had to duck for cover after someone knocked on his door and several shots were fired at his Greystanes unit on Thursday night.
Earlier this week, NSW police started investigating anti-Islamic comments Mr Abela and ADL members posted on Facebook.
“NSW Police respects the right to free speech but does not tolerate any offence that is motivated by hatred or prejudice against any group,” a police spokesman said on Friday.
The police force has a bias-motivated crimes unit that investigates hatred and prejudice-driven offences.
Mr Abela’s Facebook page has since been shut down.
Comment has been sought from Facebook.
The morning after the shooting, Mr Abela told reporters he would continue his fight.
“I’m gonna fight and if I have to die for it, so be it,” he told Macquarie Radio.
“I love my country.”
Mr Abela was not seriously injured but claimed he hurt his shoulder as he dived for cover.
NSW Community Relations Commission chair Vic Alhadeff called for calm.
“We urge all parties to take a deep breath and let good sense prevail,” he said in a statement.
“This incident has the potential to cause serious disharmony, which is something all people of goodwill wish to avoid.
“There is no place for extremism of any kind in our society.”
Police would not comment on a motive for the attack but also warned against any retaliation.
“This is a criminal act and we will be conducting a significant investigation …,” Detective Superintendent Scott Whyte said.
“The NSW Police would not tolerate any breaches of the law whatsoever.”