Tributes have been flooding in for a man who was gunned down in an hour-long door-to-door shooting rampage.
Byron Tonks, 20, was shot dead by Bradley Jason Mark White, who opened fire on seven homes at Watanobbi on the NSW Central Coast on Tuesday evening.
Albert Tonks, 50, and Pamela Dickinson, 45, also suffered bullet wounds but escaped the carnage with non-life threatening injuries.
While police are trying to establish a motive, they believe White knew the victims, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Initial investigations revealed between 60 and 100 shots were fired, police said.
Byron’s friends and family flooded social media to post a series of heartfelt messages.
‘Last night we lost a really good friend/brother,’ friend Hayden Shearer wrote.
‘I know your up there have a cold VB looking down on us with your big smile and cracking jocks. You were taken too soon going to miss you brother.
‘You’re never going to be forgotten.’
Byron’s brother Lachlan Tonks wrote his own emotional tribute on Wednesday.
‘I know you just wanted to protect everyone which I can’t thank you enough for. I’m so so so sorry it came to this… thank you for being the best brother ever. I will never forget you, I’m sorry. I love you byron x’, he wrote.
‘I know you just wanted to protect everyone which I can’t thank you enough for. I’m so so so sorry it came to this… Thank you for being the best brother ever. I will never forget you, I’m sorry. I love you, Byron,’ he wrote.
Dramatic footage showed the moment members of the public ran for cover in the street as White allegedly opened fire.
In another part of the clip, two women could be seen crouching on the ground as they tried to move away from the direction of the gunshots.
Police arrived at the scene in force – with an armored police van and officers in armored vests and helmets visible in the video.
A Highway Patrol Officer injured his back assisting Byron.
The officer could be seen being helped into the back of an ambulance as he limped and winced in pain, suffering from what appeared to be a severe leg wound.
White was charged with murder, along with 14 other offences including the intent to murder Ms Dickinson and Albert Tonks.
He appeared in Wyong Local Court on Wednesday.
White did not apply for bail.
The matter was adjourned and will reconvene on May 15 via video link.
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