Central Coast shooting: drug dispute suspected Shooting victim Jesse Thompson was a father-of-two, friends said. Photo: Facebook
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Police on scene at Wyong on Monday. Picture: Dan Irwin

Police on scene at Wyong on Monday. Picture: Dan Irwin

Police on scene at Wyong on Monday. Picture: Dan Irwin

Police on scene at Wyong on Monday. Picture: Dan Irwin

Police on scene at Wyong on Monday. Picture: Dan Irwin

TweetFacebookA teenage father-of-twoshot dead during a car chase on the Central Coast on Mondaywas a known ice dealer who clashed with rivals over supply in the Wyong area.

It’s understood a drug dispute triggered the terrifying car chase and shooting in Wyong just after 12.30pm on Monday.

Jesse Thompson, 19, was shot in the chest as a silver Toyota 4WD he was travelling in was chased through the streets of Wyong by a white ute carrying at least two men.

Police initially said he was 22 however his age was corrected on Tuesday to 19.

Shooting victim Jesse Thompson was a father-of-two, friends said. Photo: Facebook

The two cars first met on the corner of Byron Street and Panonia Road in Wyong on Monday and an altercation ensued.

Mr Thompson’s car then sped off as the men in the ute opened fire from behind. His car stopped about 600 metres away on Warner Avenue to flag down a passing ambulance.

A witness, Lloyd Kelly, said he saw four men “hanging out of the 4WD screaming” before they dragged Mr Thompson’s body out of the car.

Police sources have confirmed details supplied to Fairfax Media bya local man and acquaintance of Mr Thompson’s who said the teen was well-known in Wyong for dealing ice.

The acquaintance, who asked for his name to be withheld for his safety, said he would often watch Mr Thompson going in and out of houses on Casey Drive in North Wyong buying and selling ice.

Late last year, as the acquaintance was sitting at a bus stop outside Cutler Centre shops, opposite Casey Drive, he saw police stop and searchMr Thompson.

“The cops took his backpack off him and put him in the police car,” he said.

“Police gotta do something about [the drug dealing], there’s too many kids that seethis everyday in Wyong and on Casey Drive. Something needs to be done, it’s a joke.”

Mr Thompson had two daughters with his girlfriend of five years. On his Facebook profile, he said he worked at Red Rooster.

On Monday, close friend Brittney Tatesaid Mr Thompson was “a great father, son, brother, cousin, uncle”.

“He was so loved by many. He was always smiling” she said.

Police have interviewed a 28-year-old man who was in the car with Mr Thompson and sustained a grazed hand in the shooting.