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Teenager allegedly dives into the ocean and tries to swim to freedom after a mass crime spree

Two men will face court and another is under police guard in hospital, following a shooting, a break-in and an alleged attempt to swim away from police to freedom.

The drama unfolded after officers were called to a house at Lake Macquarie, south of Newcastle, after reports of shots fired on Friday evening.

A man, 49, inside the home suffered a graze to his wrist but didn't need treatment while a woman also at the home wasn't injured.

Police were told an Audi hatchback was seen leaving the scene and soon after learned of an attempted break-in at a club at nearby Redhead involving a car matching the description.

Two men will face court and another is under police guard in hospital, following a shooting, a break-in and an alleged attempt to swim away from police to freedom in what was a crazy night at Lake Macquarie, south of Newcastle (stock image)

Three men were spotted leaving the scene in the car.

One of them, 21, allegedly suffered a serious leg injury while forcing entry to the premises and was taken to John Hunter Hospital, where he was arrested and remains under police guard in a stable condition.

About 9.50pm, a police helicopter found the hatchback about 6km away at Windale.

Police will allege the driver failed to stop and a pursuit began during which the Audi slammed into a gutter in Dixon Park.

Two men jumped out and ran, with the driver, 18, diving into the ocean and trying to swim away from police.

Thinking better of the situation, he allegedly returned to shore shortly after and was taken into custody.

During a search, police say they found gun ammunition and a firearm in a door compartment of the car.

The passenger, 19, who also set off from the crashed vehicle was tracked by the dog squad to a home in affluent Merewether.

The swimmer who allegedly tried to evade police eventually returned to the shore and was promptly arrested (stock image)

It will be alleged officers found ammunition on him and a second firearm in the backyard of the property.

Police also say the hatchback was stolen on May 1.

The two men have been charged with a series of firearm, driving, theft and trespassing offences. 

They will appear in Newcastle District Court on a later date. 

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