Basketballer shot in leg by gatecrashers

A YOUNG champion basketballer faces an uncertain future after he was shot in the leg during an out-of-control party in Sydney at the weekend.

Illawarra Hawks player Mirko Djeric, 18, was attending a surprise party for a friend when a shot was fired during a stoush with armed gate-crashers.

The NBL point guard was rushed to hospital with a bullet wound to his thigh.

While his injuries were not considered life-threatening on Sunday, reported Djeric was in doubt for the 2013 World Championships.

The former Serbian squad player, who helped Australia win silver at last year's Under-17 FIBA World Championships, had hoped to test his skills with the Under-19s in the Czech Republic later this month.

Investigations into what sparked the shooting were continuing on Sunday night but police were searching for at least seven men of Asian and Middle Eastern appearance.

In a statement posted on the Basketball Australia website, Djeric's manager Bruce Kaider said the player was unfortunately "at the wrong place at the wrong time".

He said his focus was to ensure the wellbeing of Djeric and his family and as the shooting was being investigated by police, he could not comment further.

The shooting was one of two serious incidents police were called to at parties in Sydney's west on Saturday.

Later in the night, a 37-year-old man was allegedly chased down the street stabbed in the stomach outside a party at Tregar, near Mt Druitt.

He was in a stable condition on Sunday night.

A 24-year-old man has been charged with reckless wounding and common assault.


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