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Southbank shooting: shots heard, man seen with gun in Power St

17 May 2017 9:43 PM
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Southbank shooting: shots heard, man seen with gun in Power St

NEIGHBOURS heard ‘high-pitched’ screaming before four gunshots were fired in quick succession in Southbank early this morning.

Police believe a man was out on the street smoking a cigarette when he was shot at by another man near Crown Casino about 4am.

Witness Natasha Smits said she woke to “high-pitched” screaming from one person and she was unable to tell if it was a female or male voice.

“It sounded like someone sort of losing it, having a bit of a mental health episode.

Police Senior Sergeant Steve Bills said investigators believe a man let off four shots at a another man.

“It appears at this stage the shots didn’t hit the victim at all,” he said.

“From there both the victim and the offender walked off in opposite directions down Queens Bridge St.”

Police have collected four bullet casings, believed to belong to a pistol, from the scene.

“Somebody heard an argument but what that argument was about we have no idea,” he said.

“We’ve recovered four shells from the scene a handgun, pistol of some description.

“It’s obviously concerning that anybody is carrying a firearm and willing to use the firearm.

“It seems in these circumstances that they were known to each other and it doesn’t appear to be a random shooting.

“We haven’t had any contact with the victim and we would encourage them to contact police.”

Detectives are performing a line search on a vacant block near where the shooting took place.

Evidence markers have been set up along the median strip of Power St and outside a vacant lot where the shell casings were discovered.

A man in a neighbouring apartment building, who did not wish to be named, said he had been woken up by the sound of gunshots.

“We were up in our apartment so we didn’t see anything but I’d say we heard about five or so shots out of nowhere,” he said.

“There was no sound of tyres screeching or anything like that from what I could hear but we were quite far away.

Gonzalez, who was working behind the counter at a convenience store on City Rd, 50m away from the scene, said he had heard no evidence of a struggle or dispute beforehand.

“It was really quiet before that I couldn’t hear anything then there were bangs from out of nowhere,” he said.


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