Zachery Davies-Scott: Footage of car driving erratically after fatal shooting
The victim of a “cold blood murder” died in front of his children and fiancé, police revealed.
NSW emergency services were called to a house on Traders Way in the Hunter Region just before 11pm on 27 December last year.
A 25-year-old man was found with at least one gunshot wound and died at the scene.
The man has since been identified as Zachery “Zac” Davies-Scott, known locally as “Donnie.”
Hunter Valley Police District officers conducted an initial investigation, but the matter was then referred to the State Crime Command’s Homicide Unit under Strike Force Roslyn.
On Tuesday, Homicide Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty told reporters that at least three people allegedly trespassed on the property the night Mr. Scott was shot.
“It is the appalling, callous, cold-blooded murder of a 25-year-old man,” said Superintendent Doherty.
“Whatever Zac may have been involved in, he didn’t deserve to be shot in his home.”
Superintendent Tracy Chapman, commander of the Hunter Valley Police District, told reporters in December that police believe the attack was a targeted attack.
“We don’t think it was a random attack, it appears to be targeted,” she said.
“Community members have nothing to worry about.”
Police have since said they were told a “number of people” had forced their way into the home where Mr Scott was shot and then left in a white SUV.
Detectives have released CCTV footage of a white SUV driving erratically down Main Road, Heddon Greta, just after 10.50pm on the night of the incident.
Superintendent Doherty said police are investigating Mr Scott’s interactions in the weeks leading up to his death.
“Our investigation indicates that he was better known to his friends and associates as ‘Donnie,'” said Superintendent Doherty.
“We are treating this murder as a targeted assault, with detectives inquiring if Zac had any ongoing conflicts or issues.
“The footage we have released shows a white SUV driving very erratically on Main Road immediately after the murder, overtaking a pickup truck on the inside shoulder of a single lane road.
“We’re back at the Hunter today to continue asking all of these questions, looking for more witnesses and CCTV, and continuing to find out who Zac was and how he became the victim of a horrific crime.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Originally released when NSW Police released footage in investigations into fatal shooting