Reports NSW murder victim was drug dealer

Tom Rabe
AAP
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Reports NSW murder victim was drug dealer

The gunman who killed a young NSW father of two is still on the run amid reports the 19-year-old was shot in broad daylight in a dispute over drugs.

Jesse Thompson was shot in the upper body as he sat in the passenger seat of a friend's car in a suspected drive-by shooting in Wyong on the Central Coast on Monday afternoon.

He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene. Mr Thompson's 28-year-old friend was grazed along his hand and arm.

Investigators believe the pair was involved in an altercation with a group in another car before one of them opened fire about 12.30pm.

Detectives are searching for a white ute which they say had at least two people inside.

NSW Police would not comment on reports Mr Thompson was killed in a drug dispute.

Fairfax Media alleges the 19-year-old was "a known ice dealer who clashed with rivals over supply".

Acting Superintendent David Waddell on Monday did say "we are treating this as an isolated incident".

Friends have paid tribute to Mr Thompson on social media.

"Still wishing I didn't have to believe this aye what a great kid taken way to young to early I send my condolences to his family...and the 2 beautiful kids that he doesn't get to see grow up," one man posted on Facebook.

"Rest easy my brother. I love you endlessly....Need you right now, hard out," another friend wrote.

The 28-year-old driver of the car was taken to hospital but later released. He's spoken to police about the incident.

NSW Police initially reported Mr Thompson was 22 but corrected his age to 19 on Tuesday.