Man shot dead in garage of his home

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - FEDERAL POLITICS -

A MAN was found shot dead in his garage yes­ter­day af­ter neigh­bours raised the alarm when they heard gun­fire.

Homi­cide squad de­tec­tives blocked off Beau­ford Ave in Mary­land, west of New­cas­tle, af­ter find­ing the vic­tim, whose age has not been re­leased, shortly af­ter 4pm.

One neigh­bour, who asked to re­main anony­mous, said the man was in his 30s or 40s and had lived in the house for about six months.

“He had a tat­too on his face that went down on to his neck,” the man said.

An­other neigh­bour said they heard a “big boom” shortly be­fore the man was found.

“We didn’t see it but we heard a big boom and ran out on to the street,” the woman said. “I thought it was a car hit­ting a tele­phone pole, that’s how much I know about guns.

“It’s such a quiet, fam­ily-ori­ented street.”

Mark Walker, 45, who has lived in the street for 13 years, said he was work­ing in the shed when he saw the dead man’s sis­ter at the front of his house scream­ing.

“We were in the shed and thought some­thing had fallen over be­cause of the bang — it was that loud,” he said. “The next thing we saw a lady prob­a­bly in her 20s run­ning down the street yelling ‘my brother, my brother, my brother’.”

Ash­ley But­ler, 28, who has only lived on the street for three months, said she ar­rived home with her part­ner Shaun John­son to find po­lice al­ready on the scene.

“We ar­rived 10 min­utes af­ter ev­ery­thing had hap­pened and the cops were al­ready here,” she said. “The sis­ter showed up and it was sort of a ker­fuf­fle of peo­ple hug­ging, cry­ing and freak­ing out.

“The fam­ily were hug­ging, then got in a car and left.”

A po­lice spokesman said: “A man was found with fa­tal in­juries in­side a garage. A crime scene has been es­tab­lished.”

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