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‘Donnie’ gunned down in fatal Heddon Greta shooting


Homicide Squad detectives are continuing to investigate the fatal shooting of a man at Heddon Greta, which occurred late last year.

They’ve now released an image of the deceased male, Zachery “Zac” Davies-Scott, as well as CCTV footage of a vehicle seen near the area.

Zachery “Zac” Davies-Scott, known as “Donnie” to his friends.

About 10.50pm on Tuesday 27 December, emergency services responded to reports of a man being shot at a home on Traders Way, about 20km east of Cessnock.

NSW Ambulance paramedics treated him but, sadly, he died at the scene.

He has since been identified as 25-year-old Zachery Davies-Scott, known to many as “Donnie”.

Local officers from Hunter Valley Police District conducted initial investigations before the matter was referred to the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad under Strike Force Roslyn.

Police have been told a number of people forced entry to the home before Mr Scott was shot.

The group then left the scene in a white SUV.

As investigations continue, strike force detectives have released CCTV footage of a white SUV seen driving erratically along Main Road, Heddon Greta, shortly after 10.50pm.

Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said police were examining Zac’s associates and interactions in the days and weeks leading up to his death.

“From our investigations, it appears he was better known as ‘Donnie’ to his friends and associates,” he explained.

“We are treating this murder as a targeted attack, with detectives canvassing if Zac had any ongoing conflicts or issues.

“The footage we have released shows a white SUV driving on Main Road in a very erratic manner immediately after the murder, overtaking a van on the inside shoulder of a single lane road.

“We are in the Hunter again today (Tuesday 31 January) to continue asking all of these questions, canvassing for more witnesses and CCTV, and continuing to piece together who Zac was and how he came to be a victim of an horrific crime.”

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Roslyn investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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