DETECTIVES are investigating why a man was shot as he stood next to his car near Braye Park at Waratah on Wednesday.
The man, aged in his 30s, has told police he was hit by an unknown projectile in the early morning, but drove home before he realised the extent of the injury.
An ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital for treatment.
Police would not confirm what part of his body he was shot and his injuries were not life-threatening.
A crime scene had been set up around Braye Park as Newcastle City detectives continued to investigate.