McDonald's drive thru trip could hold key to Sydney murder

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Two people seen in CCTV footage at a McDonald's in Sydney's west might be able to help solve a murder case.

On August 6, 2021 emergency services were called to Boundary Road in Chester Hill following reports of shots being fired.

The 25-year-old man was treated by paramedics at the scene and has since made a full recovery.

Shortly after the first shooting, emergency services rushed to Rhodes Avenue in Guildford, just minutes away from Boundary Road, following reports of a 22-year-old man being shot.

Police were called to Rhodes Avenue in Guildford the night Shady Kanj was killed in August 2021. Source: Google Maps
Police were called to Rhodes Avenue in Guildford the night Shady Kanj was killed in August 2021. Source: Google Maps

The man was treated by paramedics but died at the scene. He has since been formally identified as Shady Kanj from Granville.

Local police initially conducted inquiries into Mr Kanj's death, however, the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad has since taken over the investigation.

On Thursday morning, police released CCTV footage of two people seen in a white Audi Q5 at a McDonald's on the night of Mr Kanj's murder.

Police do not believe the occupants of the vehicle were involved in Mr Kanj's death, however, it is believed they may have vital information which may help authorities.

Pictured is the white Audi Q5 at the McDonald's restaurant on the corner of Vaughan Street and Olympic Drive
Police are hoping to talk to the man and woman seen in an Audi at a McDonald's drive-thru in Lidcombe on the night of the murder. Source: NSW Police

In the video, the Audi is seen lining up at the McDonald's drive-thru on the corner of Vaughan Street and Olympic Drive at Lidcombe.

After the blue Ford in front of the Audi drives off, the occupants receive their food and drink and also drive off.

“That vehicle is captured at the fast-food restaurant in Lidcombe before the shooting, then again on the corner of Mona Street and Clyde Street at South Granville later that night," Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said.

“Given the vehicle travelled in the vicinity of the murder around the time of the shooting, it is possible the occupants saw something suspicious that may further our inquiries."

Police seize 'disguised' Lexus

On August 1, 2022, detectives canvassed several homes on Miller Street in South Granville, an area of interest to the investigation

Det Supt Doherty said detectives believe people involved in Mr Kanj's murder visited Miller Street before and after the incident and may have disposed of evidence in the area.

The corner of Mona Street and Clyde Street is roughly 2km away from Miller Street.

As part of the investigation, police seized a white Lexus hatchback earlier this year and believed it had been "wrapped" in black nylon.

A white Lexus was seized by police earlier this year as part of the investigation into Shady Kanj's murder. Source: NSW Police
A white Lexus was seized by police earlier this year as part of the investigation into Shady Kanj's murder. Source: NSW Police

It is believed the Lexus was wrapped in nylon to disguise the true colour of the car following the murder and the vehicle has undergone extensive forensic examination.

“We believe the Lexus was ‘wrapped’ in nylon, black film when it was used in the murder of Mr Kanj and has since had that removed to evade the attention of police,” Det Supt Doherty said back in April.

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