Detectives are investigating after a woman was fatally shot near Newcastle last night.
Emergency services were called to a Queen Street home just after 8pm at Stockton following reports of a shooting.
A woman died at the scene and is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be aged 61.
Police have been told the woman answered her front door before she was shot.
Newcastle City Police District officers established a crime scene, which is being examined by specialist forensic police.
Detectives formed Strike Force Backhouse to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
As inquiries continue, anyone who may have CCTV or dashcam footage from the surrounding area is urged to contact Newcastle Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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