Man shot dead in Darby Street unit in Cox Hill, Newcastle, search for suspects underway

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A man has been shot dead in a unit in the inner Newcastle suburb of Cox Hill.

Emergency crews were called to the apartment building on Darby Street shortly before 1:00 pm.

When the police arrived at the unit, they found a man lying in the living room of the unit with a bullet wound to the chest.

The man was treated for the wound but died at the scene.

Detective Inspector Wayne Humphrey, the local commanding officer, said police were searching for two people who were seen running from the unit’s building.

He said, “Male and female descriptions are different.”

“It is therefore important that if anyone sees a man and a female – a bloodied male – fleeing Darby Street near the corner of Parkway Street, they contact Crime Police or Newcastle Police as soon as possible and give us that information.”

Police are urging anyone with information to come forward.(

ABC Newcastle: Ben Millington

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“Tense to sleep here”

A woman who lives in the apartment building told ABC that she was seriously shaken by the accident.

“I’m nervous to sleep here tonight,” she said.

“We have things going on [in the building], but not shooting.”

A unit block under a sunny sky with several police cars parked in front.
Emergency services were called to the scene shortly before 1:00 pm.(

ABC Newcastle: Ben Millington

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She said residents had to wait outside while police investigated.

“We can’t go in,” she said.

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