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Shots fired into home at Clarence Street, Tenambit

A strike force has been set up to investigate a series of shootings in the Maitland area in recent weeks.

The most recent occurred about 9.40pm Tuesday multiple shots were fired into a home on Clarence Street, Tenambit.

No one was inside at the time and nobody was injured.

It is believed the shots were fired from a vehicle.

Police from Port Stephens/Hunter Police District attended and established a crime scene which is being examined by forensic specialists.

Initial inquiries suggest the shooting is targeted and police believe the incident as the latest in a series of targeted attacks.

“It’s the third such shooting in as many weeks and it appears rival criminal elements are resorting to violence to settle their differences,” Port Stephens/Hunter Police District Commander, Detective Superintendent Craig Jackson, said.

“It’s not something we’re going to tolerate, so today we are announcing the formation of a special multi-jurisdictional strike force to identify those responsible,” Supt Jackson said.

“We want to stress to the community that it is our belief that those involved are known to each other and it’s our intention to disrupt their violent behaviour,” he said.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

People are reminded to not report crime information via NSW Police social media pages.

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