The hunt is on for a 4WD connected to a serious domestic incident in the state's central west which could be heading to the Hunter or Central Coast.
It's alleged men armed with a shotgun, knife and an axe gained access to a home near Condobolin at 5am this morning before a 68-year-old man was knocked unconscious and left with critical injuries.
Police have been told when he awoke the home had burnt down and another four occupants - two women aged 41 and 71 and two boys aged 11 and 14 - were unable to be located.
Detectives are now the hunt for a green 1998 Toyota 4WD with NSW registration plates CD98XE.
If you see the vehicle call triple zero (000) immediately.