Man found shot dead inside house garage
HOMICIDE detectives are hunting a shooter after a man was found dead inside a house garage this afternoon.
The man, whose age has yet been released, was found dead at the home on Beauford Ave, Maryland, west of Newcastle, just after 4pm.
It is understood a neighbour raised the alarm with police after hearing gunfire.
A NSW Police spokesman said emergency services were called to the street at 4pm and found his body.
Paramedics were on the scene and police had the street blocked off as investigations began into the killing.
The police spokesman said: "A man was found with fatal injuries inside an attached garage. His age is not available at this stage.
"A crime scene has been established, and officers from Newcastle City Police District, with assistance from State Crime Command's Homicide Squad, have commenced inquiries."
One neighbour, who asked not to be named, said the victim had lived in the house for about six months and looked like he was aged in his 30s or 40s.
"He had a tattoo on his face that went down on to his neck," the man said.
Another neighbour, who asked not to be named said, said they heard a "big boom".
"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, but they certainly don't fit in with that."
Investigations are continuing. No arrests have yet been made.
The spokesman said police are not treating the death as a suicide.