A man shot dead allegedly by a 14-year-old boy has been named by locals as Lee Holt.
Mr Holt, 32, who is understood to have a young daughter, was hit once in the chest at a house on Barnard Close in Accrington, Lancashire, on Wednesday night.
Police arrested a boy, 14, on suspicion of murder.
It is believed Mr Holt, whose job was painting road markings for a local tarmacing firm, had been visiting the address, a modern semi-detached house down a quiet cul-de-sac in the Oswaldtwistle area of Accrington.
It is understood he went there on Wednesday night to discuss bullying allegations between children at a local school.
The father of the arrested boy is understood to run his own tree surgeon business and kept guns at the property, according to neighbours.
One neighbour said she heard a woman screaming "blood, blood!" after Mr Holt was fatally injured and bleeding heavily, and another resident attempted to resuscitate Mr Holt before paramedics and police rushed to the scene, shortly after 8.25pm.
The victim was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital where he died a short time later while the boy was taken into custody.
Shane Murray, writing on Facebook, said:
Another Facebook post from Martyn Cavna said:
Police have yet to formally name the deceased.
Launching a murder inquiry, Detective Inspector Pete Danby said:
Mr Holt's family were too upset to speak when approached on Thursday.
Two blue police tents covered the front of the house, and the road was blocked by police tape with officers standing guard.
Crime scene forensic officers in white boiler suits could be seen working at the property.
The next door neighbour to the house was too upset to speak and taken away by a friend, carrying bags of possessions.
Neighbours said a family of five live at the house - the parents and three children, the eldest the boy of 14 and a younger boy and girl.