A rapper will face court today over the alleged drive-by shooting of a rival hip-hop artist in south-west Sydney last month.
Sydney rapper John Lavulo, a former bikie known as “Big Kash”, was shot in the forearm and elbow while sitting in a Mercedes Benz in his Warwick Farm driveway on August 8.
The 32-year-old was taken to Liverpool Hospital for surgery and his passenger, a 22-year-old woman, was uninjured.
Yesterday afternoon, after an investigation by Strike Force Raptor — an elite squad targeting bikies — arrested 29-year-old Thomas Vandermake at a unit in Blacktown.
Mr Vandermake, known by his alias “Masi Rooc”, was charged with shooting with intent to murder, discharge firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and not disclosing the identity of a driver or passenger.
The pair were known to each other and referenced each other as rivals on their respective social media channels.
Mr Vandermake was refused bail and will appear at Blacktown Local court today.
Mr Lavulo, still wearing a sling after his surgery, posted a photo to his Instagram the night after the shooting and said he was in good health.