Mum’s fear over shoot­ing

Kylie, four chil­dren wait­ing to be re­set­tled two months af­ter house was pep­pered with bul­lets

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

KYLIE Dixon has been liv­ing in limbo since her home in Shalvey was shot at mul­ti­ple times two months ago.

Ms Dixon, 28, a sin­gle mother of four, was home at the time of the shoot­ing.

Since then she has been sleep­ing with her chil­dren on the floor of her sis­ter’s or mother’s houses, too scared to move back to the Hop­man Cres prop­erty.

The Stan­dard vis­ited Ms Dixon’s Hous­ing NSW prop­erty last week and saw a num­ber of bul­let holes.

Mul­ti­ple shots had pep­pered the win­dow next to the front door and pierced a wall in­side the house.

A bul­let ap­pears to have blown a hole in the air­con­di­tion­ing unit in a front-room win­dow.

Ms Dixon claimed slow com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween Hous­ing NSW and po­lice had de­layed the process of mov­ing her fam­ily into safer ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“I didn’t even go back to the house to live,” she said. “I’m pet­ri­fied.”

While Ms Dixon said she filed a re­quest with Hous­ing NSW to move to a safer house, a Fam­ily and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices spokesman said it was wait­ing on more in­for­ma­tion.

There have been sev­eral shoot­ing re­ports in Shalvey this year, in­clud­ing at a nearby house on the same night, thought to be linked to gangs.

Ms Dixon said she had no af­fil­i­a­tion with a gang.

She said her pre­vi­ous part­ner, from whom she sep­a­rated three years ago, might have had a con­nec­tion.

“I’m get­ting an­gry be­cause I have four kids,” Ms Dixon said.

“I’ve been liv­ing in a house by my­self for eight years and now I’m back with my mother.”

A FACS spokesman said: “FACS also needs the fam­ily’s co-op­er­a­tion in ob­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion about their house­hold – which they have been asked for in or­der to se­cure ap­pro­pri­ate al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“FACS will pro­vide al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion for this fam­ily as soon as an ap­pro­pri­ate prop­erty be­comes avail­able.”

In­spec­tor Scott Smith, of Mt Druitt Po­lice, said in­for­ma­tion had been passed on as would be done in any nor­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“The peo­ple in­volved have been pro­vided all the in­for­ma­tion in re­la­tion to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said.

“De­part­ment of Hous­ing have been in con­tact with us and we have given them the in­for­ma­tion they re­quested.”

Pic­tures: Carmela Roche

The prop­erty in Shalvey that was shot at and (right) a bul­let hole at the house.

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