Neighbours have reported hearing two “explosions” then a woman screaming when a gunman opened fire on a Koonawarra house on Wednesday night.
Three children, their mother and her boyfriend were at their Echuca Crescent home when the gunman fired two shots with what police believe was a double-barrelled shotgun.
The incident happened about 8.30pm and caused residents of the normally quiet street to spill out onto the footpath.
No-one was injured.
Neighbour Tina Nedanovska said she heard two “bangs”, then the woman who lived at the house started screaming.
“Everybody is scared because you don’t know if they [the gunman] are going to come back,” she said.
Neighbours said the woman and her three children who lived at the NSW Housing property left shortly after 10.30 on Wednesday night.
On Thursday morning, a glass window with two large holes at the front of the house had been boarded up from the inside.
Police said a man was seen running from the area immediately after the shooting and have described him as aged in his late 20s, with fair skin, short hair and wearing a white jumper with blue shorts.
They are also investigating whether a white hatchback car with round headlights was used by the gunman.
One unnamed resident heard someone run past his house, while neighbour Amanda Slack said the shooting made her feel ‘‘uncomfortable’’.
‘‘My daughter and I were sitting on the lounge and all we heard were two explosions, that’s what it sounded like,’’ she said. ‘‘I’m glad I’ve got a dog inside ... She’s got a bark on her.’’
Police interviewed residents in the area on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, and the dog squad searched for clues.
Police said there was no apparent motive at this stage.
It is the second house shooting in the Illawarra within two weeks.
On the evening of May 6, an unknown balaclava-wearing man shot a bullet into a kitchen during a home invasion in Peterborough Avenue, Warilla.
The bullet hit a freezer, and no-one was injured.