A 47-year-old man who was shot and killed in his home in the northern suburbs was blown up with a shotgun as he opened the door.
Police were on Wednesday night looking for the perpetrator, but assured the community that it had nothing to fear because the killing in Landsdale was not accidental.
Detectives are investigating whether the killer was linked to an illegal motorcycle gang.
Police said the fatal shooting, the first in the city of Perth Nick the murder of Nick Martin, is believed to be “targeted”, but did not reveal whether they had established a motive.
It is believed that the victim’s partner was also in the house at the time but was not injured.
A Ford Mondeo believed to be from the home of the shooting was towed from a police-protected forensic area around the property at 6 p.m.
Det-Insp. Quentin Flatman said the shooting was “tragic in the extreme”, but stressed that public safety was not in jeopardy.
“No one should ever be confronted with being in their own home at night and being confronted with these kinds of events,” he said.
“It’s horrible, it’s a tragic incident, it’s rare – we do not see this kind of behavior often.
“(But) the larger community should not be worried about what has happened. We believe it is connected to people who know each other, but it is extremely tragic and of course very disturbing for all of us.”
Police were called to the home of the Montacute Turn in Landsdale around 6 p.m. 02.00 by a resident who reported a “disturbance”.
Det-Insp. Flatman said officers found the injured 47-year-old on arrival with gunshot wounds.
He was taken by ambulance to Royal Perth Hospital but later died.
Forensic scientists were seen investigating the crime scene early Wednesday and remained at home all day.
Homicide detectives were also seen questioning residents of neighboring properties.
The street was blocked by police as the crime scene was investigated by police.
A woman living in the area told The West Australian she had just woken up to feed her infant son when she “remembered hearing what I thought was a loud bang”.
“And (later), when I tried to fall asleep again, I heard sirens. I do not know what time it was, or if the bang I heard was the gunshot,” she said.
Another woman on a nearby street said she was also awakened by the sound of police sirens.
“I really feel with the household and the family that this happened to,” she said.
Det-Insp. Flatman said police followed several tracks.
“The information we have suggests that they were known to each other,” he said, adding that the victim was a resident of the house and lived there with his partner and “other people”.
“I would like to emphasize that this incident is isolated. We believe it is targeted.
“It is very early in the investigation and I ask the community to be assured that at this time there is no reason for others to be concerned or concerned about their safety in this area as a result of this event.”
Police want to talk to anyone who has information or CCTV or dash-cam vision of the area around the above of the shooting.
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