A NSW woman aged in her 60s was fatally shot at her home on Wednesday night.
The Newcastle local answered her front door before she was shot, police say.
Emergency services rushed to the scene just after 8pm following reports of a shooting.
Tragically, the woman was declared dead at the scene.
She has not yet been officially identified but police believe she is 61 years old.
Police are now investigating the incident.
They have established a crime scene outside the house on Queen Street, Stockton.
Forensic specialists have attended.
Police are calling for CCTV footage from anyone who lives in the surrounding area.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
Information is treated in strict confidence.