Convicted firebomber Daniel Fing has survived a drive-by shooting after a gunman opened fire on his Belmont home early yesterday.
The 28-year-old son of serial fraud Trevor Fing suffered the wound to his upper arm after a gunman opened fire from an alleged stolen car outside Fing’s Marion Place residence.
Police said Fing was inside with two other men when the Ford Falcon XR6 pulled into his driveway at 3am.
When Fing walked outside to investigate, the gunman pointed what is believed to be a handgun and fired.
The first bullet passed through his left bicep and only centimetres from his heart.
Fing ran back inside as three other shots were fired, all striking the front of the house.
Paramedics treated him at the scene before he was taken to John Hunter Hospital where he underwent surgery for the wound.
The injury was not considered life threatening and he was in a stable condition last night.
The alleged gunman, Matthew Bruce William Edwards, was arrested as he drove along Scene Drive at Merewether about an hour after the shooting.
Edwards, 39, faced Newcastle Local Court yesterday charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent to murder.
He also faces the charges involving contravening an apprehended violence order and car theft.
Solicitor Mark Hanlon, for Edwards, told the court there was a ‘‘potential witness’’ for the accused who had contacted the solicitor yesterday.
A police statement said they were still interested in speaking with a woman who was a passenger in the car with Edwards and had run from the vehicle after it had stopped.
Edwards will reappear in Newcastle Local Court on March 2.
The Fing family have faced several criminal investigations in the past few years, including the conviction of patriarch Trevor Fing for a $1.7million fraud, a crime for which he was sentenced to nine years’ jail.
Trevor Fing was also a convicted drug peddler.
Daniel Fing was sentenced to a maximum four years’ jail after planting a bomb under the car of a love rival as it was parked at a McDonalds carpark in 2006.
The car and another vehicle next to it were destroyed by fire.
Daniel Fing pleaded guilty to the charge of maliciously destroying the car by means of explosive with intent to cause bodily harm.