A man has been shot dead after answering a knock at his front door at Strathfield, in Sydney’s inner west.
The 50-year-old was shot several times in a targeted attack when he opened the front door of his Jersey Road home about 9:45pm (AEDT) last night.
Paramedics were called but were unable to revive him.
It is believed his wife and children were at home at the time but were not injured.
Inspector Craig Miller says police do not have a proper description of the attacker.
“All we’ve got at this stage is a male, possibly wearing a hooded top and dark pants, there’s nothing further,” he said.
Police spokeswoman Sara Burgess says the Homicide Squad is investigating.
“Burwood detectives, together with detectives from the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad, are now conducting a full investigation,” she said.
“While it’s early in the investigation, it would appear this was a targeted shooting.”
Police have closed off the street as they continue their investigations.
They have have not made any links to bikie or drug gangs.
‘Everybody is scared’
Neighbours heard the gunshots last night and they say the street is usually a quiet area.
Next door neighbour Shaun said he was at work last night when a friend called to say his street had been shut down.
“He said it was a shooting or something and I was shocked, I said ‘in Strathfield?'” he said.
“He said ‘even we are waiting outside, so (we have) no clue’.
“It was shocking.”
Nonu Kite works nights as a nurse at the neighbouring aged care facility on Jersey Road.
She says while the residents were not aware of what happened, she and her colleagues were frightened.
“Very, very terrible, it’s terrible, I couldn’t imagine,” she said.
“Everybody is scared this morning when all the new workers, the morning shift come in, they’re all scared of what is happening now.”
Police are asking anybody with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.