Footage of wayward car after ‘targeted’ shooting

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CCTV footage of a man and vehicle believed to be involved in a fatal shooting last year has been released by police.

On December 27, NSW emergency services were called to a home on Traders Way in the Hunter Region just before 11pm.

A 25-year-old man was found with at least one gunshot wound and died at the scene.

The man has since been identified as Zachery “Zac” Davies-Scott, known in the area as “Donnie”.

Hunter Valley Police District officers conducted initial investigations, but the matter was then referred to the State Crime Command’s homicide squad under Strike Force Roslyn.

Hunter Valley Police District commander Superintendent Tracy Chapman told reporters in December that police believed it was a targeted attack.

“We don’t believe it was a random attack, it appears to be targeted,” she said.

“Members of the community have no reason to be concerned.”

Police have since revealed they were told a “number of people” had forced entry into the home where Mr Scott was shot and then left in a white SUV.

Police at the scene in December. Picture: NBN NewsPolice at the scene in December. Picture: NBN News

Detectives have released the CCTV footage of a white SUV driving erratically along Main Rd, Heddon Greta, shortly after 10.50pm on the night of the incident.

Homicide squad commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said police were examining Mr Scott’s interactions in the weeks leading up to his death.

“From our investigations, it appears he was better known as ‘Donnie’ to his friends and associates,” Superintendent Doherty said.

“We are treating this murder as a targeted attack, with detectives canvassing if Zac had any ongoing conflicts or issues.

The victim has been identified as Zac Davies-Scott. Picture: NBN NewsThe victim has been identified as Zac Davies-Scott. Picture: NBN News

“The footage we have released shows a white SUV driving on Main Rd in a very erratic manner immediately after the murder, overtaking a van on the inside shoulder of a single lane road.

“We are in the Hunter again today to continue asking all of these questions, canvassing for more witnesses and CCTV and continuing to piece together who Zac was and how he came to be a victim of an horrific crime.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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