A 47-year-old man who was shot dead in his northern suburban home was shot at with a shotgun as he opened the door.
Police were looking for the gunman Wednesday night, but assured the community they had nothing to fear as the Landsdale murder was not random.
Detectives investigate whether the killer is associated with an outlaw biker gang.
Police said the deadly shooting, the first in metropolitan Perth Nick, the murder of Nick Martin, was considered a “target” but did not reveal whether they had determined a motive.
It is believed that the victim’s partner was also in the house at the time, but was not injured.
A Ford Mondeo believed to have come from the residence of the shooting was towed from a police-protected forensic area around the property at 6:00 p.m.
Det-Insp. Quentin Flatman said the shooting was “tragic in the extreme”, but stressed that public safety was not at risk.
“No one should ever have to face the fact that they sleep in their own house at night and face these kinds of events,” he said.
“It’s terrible, it’s a tragic incident, it’s rare – we don’t see this kind of behavior very often.
“(But) the wider community should not be alarmed at what has happened. We believe it is related to people who know each other, but it is extremely tragic and of course very disturbing for all of us.”
Police were called to the house on Montacute Turn in Landsdale around 2am by a resident who reported a “malfunction”.
Det-Insp. Flatman said officers found the injured 47-year-old with gunshot wounds on arrival.
He was taken by ambulance to the Royal Perth Hospital, but later died.
Forensic officers searched the crime scene early on Wednesday and stayed in the house all day.
Homicide detectives were also seen questioning residents of adjacent properties.
The street was cordoned off by police as the crime scene was investigated by police teams.
A woman who lives nearby told The West Australian she had just woken up to feed her baby boy when she “remembered hearing a loud bang which I thought was a loud bang”.
“And (later) when I tried to go back to sleep, I heard sirens. I don’t know what time it was or if the bang I heard was the gunshot,” she said.
Another woman on a nearby street said she was also awakened by the sound of police sirens.
“I really feel for the household and the family this has happened to,” she said.
Det-Insp. Flatman said police followed several leads.
“The information we have suggests that they were acquaintances,” he said, adding that the victim was an occupant of the house and lived there with his partner and “other people”.
“I would like to emphasize that this incident is isolated. We think it’s targeted.
“It is very early in the investigation and I am asking the community to make sure there is no reason at this time for anyone else to be concerned or concerned about their safety in this area as a result of this event.”
Police would like to speak to anyone with information or CCTV or dashcam footage of the area surrounding the shooting above.
Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or www.crimestopperswa.com.au