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Sydney shooting

Police said the man was believed to be in his 20s. Courtesy: AAP: Dean Lewins

A part of inner-city Sydney is in police lockdown this afternoon after a man was found shot dead on a quiet suburban street in Forest Lodge just after midday.

Key points:

  • Police believe the shooting was targeted and are searching for a man and a woman
  • The manhunt involves a helicopter and the dog squad
  • Some residents in Forest Lodge have been told not to leave their houses

It is understood the man, in his late 20s, was found dead with a single gunshot to the head.

A gun was found nearby.

The body was lying at the intersection of Hereford Street and Minogue Crescent at Forest Lodge, a suburb in inner-city Sydney.

Police believe the shooting was targeted and a searching the area for a man and a woman. They are scouring the area with sniffer dogs as a police helicopter hovers overhead.

The riot squad have entered a home on Hereford Street.

Local Dominic Johnson, whose wife was inside their house when police arrived, said she looked outside and saw a body on the street.

“She was shocked,” he said. “It’s a really lovely neighbourhood.

“It’s concerning. We think it’s a pretty safe place. I’ve got two daughters.”

He has spoken to his wife on the phone, and said he was not allowed to go back into the area.

Wally Mason, who also lives in the area, was walking his dog at the time.

“I know everyone says something like, ‘It’s always been quiet’,” he said.

“I don’t ever recall a murder though.”

The area where the body was found is close to a local primary school.

Police are appealing for information.