Plea to public over Kingston murder

KINGSTON residents have been urged to look out for discarded firearms and clothes that may belong to the person or people who murdered a 41-year-old man on Friday night.

Those responsible for Friday night's murder were still on the run late last night and police have urged people to provide information about the shooting.

Police were called to a house in Pine Avenue just before midnight on Friday and discovered the man's body in a backyard.

Detective Acting Inspector Craig Joel said the man had been staying at the Kingston property, and while it wasn't his house, he was from the area.

Acting Inspector Joel said the incident was a targeted shooting and residents in the area shouldn't worry.

"Investigators don't believe that this is a random attack, and there is certainly no ongoing threat to the community," he said.

"We've got a number of lines of inquiry which we are following, and detectives are actively looking at persons of interest, but at this stage there are no firm suspects."

Acting Inspector Joel said the dead man was known to police, but the incident didn't appear to relate to anything else.

"Investigators are not closing their minds to any outcomes, particularly when we don't have a suspect," he said.

"There is no available evidence that any bikie or criminal gang is associated or responsible for what happened."

Tasmania Police forensic teams and members of the Tasmania Fire Service spent yesterday inspecting the area, including searching woodland behind the property.

"It is possible the person or people responsible may have fled through the woodland after shooting the man," Acting Inspector Joel said.

"It is possible the firearm or clothing may have been discarded in or near this area, and residents are urged to keep a lookout for anything suspicious in their yards or surrounds."

A police command bus was stationed in Pine Avenue last night for people to provide information. There was also an increased police presence in the area.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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