A woman has been shot dead after answering her front door in the NSW Hunter region.
The woman, believed to be 61 years old, was shot at a home on Queen Street in Stockton, outside Newcastle, after 8pm on Wednesday.
The woman died at the scene and police are investigating the incident.
Her name is yet to be released.
On Thursday, Detective Superintendent Wayne Humphrey said a female relative of the woman and her infant child were there when the shooting occurred, but did not see the assailant.
The killer is believed to have fled the scene by foot.
Detective Superintendent Humphrey said police had no major leads in the case and appealed to the public for information.
“I’m convinced it is a targeted attack, for what purpose I don’t know,” he said.
“It’s horrendous, an innocent person who’s answered the front door of her home and been shot in the chest and killed in the presence of a relative and child … it doesn’t get any worse, I really want the public to step up.
“I don’t anticipate anything will happen very quickly, it’ll be hard work.”
Anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage is urged to police or call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.