A man was left with head injuries when he was pistol-whipped during an attempted robbery outside of his Cabramatta West house on Saturday morning.
Khan Giang, 65, was loading groceries into his car, which was parked in the driveway of his Blackett Place home at about 6.45am when he was approached by a man armed with a black handgun who demanded that he hand over his wallet.
Police said that when Mr Giang was refused, he was hit across the head a number of times with a firearm.
The attack was captured by a closed circuit camera attached to Mr Giang’s house.
Cabramatta Police Chief Inspector Arthur Aleksandrowicz said the police had not established a reason for the attack, but it was believed to be an attempted robbery.
‘‘When he refused to give up his wallet, he pushed the firearm away and a scuffle took place,’’ Chief Inspector Aleksandrowicz said.
‘‘He was then struck in the head several times, causing some lacerations to his head.’’
The offender then ran away and was last seen heading towards Satara Avenue.
A Liverpool Hospital spokeswoman said Mr Giang was treated at the hospital and released on Saturday morning.
Chief Inspector Aleksandrowicz said Mr Giang was not able to make a statement to police on Saturday and they would be speaking to him at a later date.
Channel 9 News reported that the Giang family own a successful Vietnamese restaurant in the area and the attack may have been a targeted one, but Chief Inspector Aleksandrowicz said the police did not have any evidence to suggest that at this stage.
The offender was described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in his 20s, with a thin athletic build.
At the time of the attack he was wearing a white hooded jumper and grey tracksuit pants.