Man, 74, arrested after Sydney shooting

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A 74-year-old man has been arrested after a shooting near a school and child care centre in Sydney's north.

Officers were called to a home at Highlands Avenue, Wahroonga, following reports of gunfire about 10.10am on Thursday .

Police found a man in his 50s with a wound to his neck and he was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious condition.

The 74-year-old was arrested and treated at the scene for facial injuries, before being airlifted to the same hospital under police guard.

A crime scene has been established and two firearms have been seized.

Police say the men are known to each other.

Highlands Avenue remains closed and police are urging people to avoid the area.

The shooting occurred about two hundred metres from Waitara Public School and the Wahroonga Next Generations Child Care Centre.

"All I can say to reassure the community is that our police responded very quickly - they were on the scene within minutes," Kuring-Gai Police Area Commander Superintendent Barry Vincent told reporters.

"We certainly let the school know as soon as we could that the scene was contained within the property, so there was no concern for the school community down the road."