Mountain Avenue in Woonona turned into a crime scene after a man was shot in the face.
Emergency services were called just after 2:30pm Wednesday after the victim is said to have called Triple 0 himself to report he had been shot.
A NSW Police spokeswoman said the victim, believed to be aged 29, is being airlifted to hospital in Sydney with severe facial injuries believed to be non-life threatening.
She said they think the victim was shot at another location before jumping in his car, driving to Woonona, then ringing emergency services himself.
Police think it is a targeted attack and are currently on the hunt for the offender.
Mountain Avenue and Balmer Road were cordoned off with residents unable to return to their homes for some time.
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