Inkling of foul play as tattoo shop set alight
BULLET holes and spent cartridges have been found at the scene where a car was driven into a Rooty Hill tattoo shop and set alight yesterday.
Shortly before 4am, police were called to the shopping complex on Rooty Hill Rd, near the train station.
A Holden Commodore had been driven through the front of Deuce’s Tattoo Studio. The car and the building were on fire when police arrived.
No one was in the car or the building when the fire took hold and no one was evacuated.
Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Ian Krimmer said when firefighters arrived, the blaze had spread into a roof cavity and was threatening adjoining shops.
The emergency response was upgraded, bringing 13 crews to the scene.
“Due to concerns for the neighbouring business, we responded with a heavyweighted attack,” Supt Krimmer said. “Firefighters did a very good job to extinguish the fire quickly, in about 20 minutes.” Supt Krimmer said about 15 per cent of the building was damaged by the fire and a far larger area was damaged by smoke and heat.
The neighbouring real estate agency was also damaged. Firefighters stayed on scene to ensure it was safe.
Police are treating the fire as suspicious.
A crime scene examin- ation uncovered a number of bullet holes in the front roller shutter.
Police said it is unknown when these shots were fired – however spent cartridges were found on the roadway.
Personnel from Operation Talon are assisting detectives from Mt Druitt with their inquiries.
Anyone with information should call 1800 333 000.
Firefighters clean up after extinguishing a blaze started when a car was driven into Deuce’s Tattoo Studio in Rooty Hill and set on fire.