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Prominent lawyer shot dead in Sydney cafe attack

A man has been shot dead in broad daylight at a cafe in Bankstown, in Sydney's southwest. Source: Seven

Police are on the hunt for a gunman who shot dead a prominent local lawyer aged in his 60s at a cafe in Sydney's southwest.

Police are hunting for a gunman after a prominent lawyer who has been described as a good man was shot dead in broad daylight in a suspected targeted attack in Sydney's southwest.

The lawyer, believed to be aged in his 60s, was gunned down at a table outside a cafe at Bankstown City Plaza on Tuesday afternoon.

He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.

The attacker was seen running from the area - made up of a busy outside mall and bus interchange - and remains on the run, police say.

"We do believe, from the way the incident has been described to us at this early stage, that it is a targeted attack," Acting Superintendent Brad Thorne told reporters.

Officers are sifting through CCTV footage and speaking to witnesses to work out who the attacker is.

"We have varying accounts that we want to confirm," Supt Thorne said.

Earlier on Tuesday, the victim was reportedly having coffee with his friend of 20 years.

"For me he was perfect, he was a very good man and helped people a lot with their families," the friend said of the victim. 

Duy Nguyen, who was working across the street, said he heard three shots but thought it was a firecracker.

He told AAP the man was sitting with other people at a table outside the Happy Cup cafe.

"At first no one called out for help when he was shot," Mr Nguyen said.

"From what we were able to see he was on the floor.

"I'm a bit shaken right now, it was scary, it happened opposite us."

In June 2017, a man was stabbed in the chest in the same plaza.

In April 2016, gangland kingpin Walid 'Wally' Ahmad' was killed in a spray of bullets outside a cafe on the rooftop of nearby Bankstown Central shopping centre.

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