A teenage girl and boy are dead and a suspected gunman is on the run following what police have described as an “horrific” domestic violence-related shooting in Sydney’s northwest.
Officers were called to a home in Hull Road at West Pennant Hills about 5.20pm on Thursday after reports of shots fired.
The teens were found dead in a bedroom of the home, NSW Ambulance Inspector Kevin Sweeney told reporters at the scene on Thursday evening.
“When ambulance paramedics arrived … we were confronted with an extremely distressing and stressful situation,” he said.
“Two teenagers were unfortunately deceased in their bedroom and unfortunately at that time there was nothing we could do to help them.”
Their mother, aged in her 30s, arrived shortly after police and was treated by paramedics for severe shock.
Acting Assistant Commissioner Brett McFadden said the attack was believed to be domestic violence-related with a person of interest on the run.
“At this stage, the person of interest we are looking for is still at large but we believe this to be a targeted incident and there are no risks to the community at this time,” he said.
It’s unknown how many shots were fired with detectives speaking to several witnesses in an attempt to understand what happened.
Mr McFadden said emergency services had arrived to an “horrific scene”.
“It was a very harrowing experience for the emergency services who responded,” he said.
“You’ve got a family that is going to struggle to come to terms with it and emergency responders will struggle to come to terms with what they have seen.”
An extensive forensic examination led by the homicide squad is underway.
John Howard who lives just 50 metres along Hull Road from the house, says he’s shaken.
“I could hear the police helicopter and then I saw it all over the television,” he told AAP.
“It’s a friendly, quiet street.”
Another resident, who described the area as friendly and safe, said it was an “unbelievable tragedy”.
“I feel so shocked. Kids are innocent. Whatever the reason, kids shouldn’t suffer,” she told AAP.