Man shot dead in garage of his home
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.”