Man shot dead in Petersham street

A man was shot dead in a Petersham street. Photo: Nick Moir
A man was shot dead in a Petersham street. Photo: Nick Moir

A witness heard five loud bangs she believed were gunshots before finding a man dying in a pool of blood on a footpath in Sydney's inner west.

Police and paramedics were called to Railway Street in Petersham at 11.10pm on Tuesday but were unable to save the man, who died at the scene.

Homicide detectives have set up an extensive crime scene on Railway Street, near the intersection with Queen Street, which is close to Taverners Hill Infants Public School.

Police said they were still searching for a motive for the shooting, but it was not believed to be gang related.

A woman who phoned triple-0 said she heard the five bangs, before seeing the man lying still on the footpath.

Another witness told Channel Nine that she saw a man on a motorbike pull up on Railway Street, before speeding off towards Parramatta Road.

Police said the victim, who is believed to have been from Ashfield, suffered a gunshot wound, but they have not given further details about where he was shot.

They said the shooting victim was known to police and was aged 44, but was not believed to have had any links to outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Officers immediately taped off the street and erected large floodlights, before forensic police examined the area throughout the night.

Railway Street remained taped off at the intersection with Parramatta Road early on Wednesday morning.

Detectives from the Marrickville local area command and the Homicide Squad have urged anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity on Railway Street on Tuesday night to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

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