By Muhammad Atef | June 11, 2021

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

Homeowner is shot and killed while answering his front door in eerily similar circumstances to grandmother who died just one day earlier

  • Man been shot and killed after opening front door of Canberra home
  • The 48-year-old was murdered when shooter fired single fatal shot
  • Woman was at home at time of shooting but was unharmed in incident
  • Grandmother fatally shot at her home on Queen Street in Stockton, Newcastle 
  • Stacey Klimovitch was shot once in the chest at about 8pm on Wednesday night
  • Police are investigating whether the two shootings are linked 

A man has been shot and killed after opening the front door of his Canberra home in eerily similar circumstances to the fatal shooting of a grandmother a day earlier.

The 48-year-old man was gunned down on Thursday night when he answered a knock at the front door of his house in the suburb of Phillip just before midnight.

The shooting comes just a day after a 61-year-old woman was shot dead as she open the front door of her Stockton home in Newcastle, NSW, on Wednesday night.

Police are now investigating whether the two shootings are linked. 

In Canberra, emergency services found the man and rushed him to hospital but he was unable to be saved. 

A 48-year-old man was gunned down on Thursday night when he answered a knock at the front door of his Phillip house

A 48-year-old man was gunned down on Thursday night when he answered a knock at the front door of his Phillip house 

A man has been shot and killed after opening the front door of his Canberra home in eerily similar circumstances to the fatal shooting of a grandmother a day earlier

A man has been shot and killed after opening the front door of his Canberra home in eerily similar circumstances to the fatal shooting of a grandmother a day earlier 

Police say a woman was at home at the time the 48-year-old man was killed but was not physically harmed.

‘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.’   

Police say a woman was at home (pictured) at the time the 48-year-old man was killed but was not physically harmed

Police say a woman was at home (pictured) at the time the 48-year-old man was killed but was not physically harmed

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

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

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

Stacey Klimovitch, 61, was shot through the screen door of her flat in the Newcastle suburb of Stockton, two hours north 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. 

The hunt for the grandmother's killer is underway, with specialist forensic police scouring the woman's property and the wider Hunter region for clues

The hunt for the grandmother’s killer is underway, with specialist forensic police scouring the woman’s property and the wider Hunter region for clues

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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