Rasoul Al-Musawi was about to walk his family home from a prayer centre in the Sydney suburb of Greenacre in the early hours of yesterday morning when he was shot twice in the back. His wife and four of his children were with him at the time and his wife fainted with shock. "My dad held his neck and ran inside" his daughter said.
"They called us Shia dogs" his unnamed friend said and before the shooting, a car drove past several times yelling out "IS lives forever."
Jamal Daoud, a prominent member of Sydney's Shiite community said a group had been harassing Shiite Muslims entering the centre to observe Ashura, a 10 day ritual to commemorate the death of Imam Hussain, the grandson of Muhammad. On Friday night around 8pm, a man volunteering as a security guard at the centre was punched in the face by three men.
After surgery, Mr Musawi is expected to make a full recovery.
Police said there is no evidence to suggest that the shooting is linked to IS who consider Shia Muslims the enemy because they dominate the Iraqi government.
Police have some CCTV footage to go through which may help with their enquiries and have urged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers online reporting page 1800 333 000.