A police investigation is underway after a man was wounded in a public place shooting, which left him in a critical condition, in the Hunter region overnight.
About 10.45pm on Tuesday 9 March, emergency services were called to a property on Golden Whistler Avenue, Aberglasslyn.
It followed reports of a shot fired.
Police were told a 34-year-old man was outside the home when he became involved in an altercation with three males and was shot in the abdomen.
The men were seen fleeing the scene in a white Mitsubishi Magna, which was later located on fire in Railway Parade, Telarah.
The injured man was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics and taken to Maitland Hospital before being airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in a critical condition.
Officers attached to Port Stephens-Hunter Police District established a crime scene and started an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Inquiries are continuing.