Man shot killed opening door Canberra home days after grandmother shot dead in similar circumstance


Shot when he answered the door: Homeowner is gunned down in eerily similar circumstances to grandmother who was killed in the same way just days earlier

  • Man allegedly been shot and killed after opening front door of Canberra home
  • The 48-year-old was allegedly murdered when shooter fired single fatal shot
  • Woman was at home at time of alleged shooting but was unharmed in incident
  • It comes after a 61-year-old grandmother killed in similar circumstances in NSW 

A man has allegedly been shot and killed after opening the front door of his Canberra home – an eerily similar incident to the shooting of a grandmother earlier this week.

The 48-year-old man was allegedly murdered overnight when a shooter knocked on the door of his Phillip house and fired a single fatal shot.

Emergency services found the man and rushed him to hospital but he was unable to be saved.

It comes after a 61-year-old woman was fatally shot after opening the door of her Stockton home on Wednesday night.

Police say a woman was at home at the time the 48-year-old man was killed but was unharmed in the alleged shooting.

‘Detectives are investigating the circumstances of this incident; however, at this time the reason for the attack is yet to be established,’ Criminal Investigations Detective Inspector Marcus Boorman said.  

‘Police have identified evidence from the scene, all of which will be forensically examined.

‘We’ve spoken to a number of witnesses in the area and would encourage anyone who has information about the shooting to come forward to police.’   

Emergency services were called to the suburban street just after 8pm, however the 61-year-old grandmother (pictured) sadly died at the scene

Emergency services were called to the suburban street just after 8pm, however the 61-year-old grandmother (pictured) sadly died at the scene

Stacey Klimovitch, 61, (pictured) was fatally shot once in the chest at her home in Queen Street in the Newcastle suburb of Stockton at about 8pm on Wednesday night

Stacey Klimovitch, 61, (pictured) was fatally shot once in the chest at her home in Queen Street in the Newcastle suburb of Stockton at about 8pm on Wednesday night

Stacey Klimovitch, 61, (pictured) was fatally shot once in the chest at her home in Queen Street in the Newcastle suburb of Stockton at about 8pm on Wednesday night

Stacey Klimovitch, 61, was shot through the screen door of her flat in the Newcastle suburb of Stockton, two hours south of Sydney, at about 8pm on Wednesday night. 

The retired swimming teacher’s 31-year-old daughter and her eight-week-old granddaughter were also at the home at the time of the shocking attack. 

It’s understood neither saw the shooting but heard the sound of the gunshot.  

Emergency services were called to the suburban street just after 8pm, however the 61-year-old woman tragically died at the scene. 

Police sectioned off Queen Street, where the pensioner lived, and the surrounding area as the killer fled the scene.  

Her devastated best friend and neighbour said she had spoken to the ‘brand new’ grandmother just moments before the horrifying attack. 

‘I’ve never heard a gunshot but there was no mistake what it was’, she told 9 News. 

‘That’s when I heard the noise and the screaming. I tried to call her and couldn’t get her on the phone.

‘She was a brand new grandmother, and so happy to be a brand new grandmother.’ 

The woman said her best friend’s daughter had been ‘distraught’ having to care for the household dog while attending to her injured mother. 

‘I’m going to miss her. Things like this shouldn’t be allowed to happen’, she said.   

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