Police reveal details of Mackay shooting

UPDATE, 5.20pm: A MAN is being treated for what's believed to be a "self-inflicted gunshot wound" after a reported domestic violence incident led to him allegedly firing shots at police.

Officers were investigating the "shooting incident at South Mackay" on Tuesday afternoon, Queensland Police Media said.

Multiple crime scenes have been established after the incident, in which surrounding streets were blocked for about 90 minutes.

"Around midday, police were called to an address at Eton following reports of a domestic violence incident," the statement read.

"When officers arrived they were advised a 33-year-old man involved in the alleged altercation had left the property.

"Police attended an Amiet Street address a short time later where the man presented a firearm as he fled from the residence and it will be alleged he later discharged his firearm towards police during a foot pursuit."

The statement also said that a short time later the man had been found "in a vacant block of land with what's believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound".

The man was treated by Queensland Ambulance paramedics and taken to Mackay Base Hospital with "life-threatening injuries".

"A number of crime scenes have been established with forensic and scientific officers attending," the statement reads.

"Anyone that may have been driving in Paradise Street or around the West Mackay area is asked to contact police."

Officers are also looking for any possible dash-cam footage which may help with their investigations.

The Ethical Standards Command is investigating the incident with oversight from the Crime and Corruption Commission.   

Call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 if you know more.


UPDATE 3.50PM: THE man who suffered a gunshot wound in West Mackay is in Mackay Base Hospital being treated. 

The man, who is understood to be 33, was rushed from the scene of the reported shooting incident via ambulance with a police escort and remains in the emergency department. 

Police are yet to speak with the media about the incident and remain at the paddock behind the former Sugar Research Centre and at an Amiet St address where crime scenes have been established. 

Due to wet weather, police have erected marquees and tarps to protect the crime scenes. 

More to come. 

UPDATE 3.15PM: AS THE SOUND of gunshots and sirens pierced the air in Fields St, South Mackay resident Troy Higley ran outside to find out what was happening. 

Mr Higley, was visibly shocked as he explained the drama that unfolded across from his Field St home where a man reportedly suffered a gunshot wound. 

Troy Higley at shooting scene in Field St
Troy Higley at shooting scene in Field St

Mr Higley said he was at home getting changed to go out when police and ambulance crews descended on the area. 

"I heard all these sirens across the road, I came outside and looked and saw police everywhere, two ambulances, detective cars and unmarked cars all sort of pounced on the house across the road in the paddock,' Mr Higley said. 

"I asked the officer walking up and down the street here what was going on and he said he couldn't tell me anything."

Mr Higley said from he had observed some strange goings-on in the area over the last couple of months. 

"I have seen different types of cars going in and out across the paddock. Parking outs the front of the fence and I thought maybe they were renovating or maybe it was just visitors.

"I didn't hear any shots, all I heard was the sirens but it looks like someone has been injured because I saw someone come out on a stretcher." 

Mr Higley, who has lived in the street for 20 years, said it was usually a nice, safe neighbourhood. 

"We've never had any problem with crime. This spooks people. It is a quiet neighbourhood with elderly and everyone minds their own business but when something like this happens, of course you are going to come out and find out what's going on, we are concerned," he said. 



More than 90 minutes since the shooting incident occurred, there has been no official word from police on what has happened. 

An officer at the Field St crime scene has however told a Daily Mercury reporter roads in the area are now open to local traffic. 

Police remain on scene and in all surrounding streets. 

A police briefing is expected within the hour. 

UPDATE 2.30PM: POLICE have established two crime scenes in West Mackay following a reported car jacking and shooting incident. 

It is understood police have cordoned off a home in Amiet St where gun shots were first reported and have established a second crime scene at the park behind the old Sugar Research Centre. 

Police are also scouring for bullet casings in nearby streets, such as Field St, where gunshots were reported.   

A Daily Mercury reporter at the crime scene behind the Sugar Research Centre said multiple ambulances and police crews are at the scene and the area is taped off.   

Police also have Amiet St and surrounds blocked off.   

Police are currently escorting the reported gunshot wound victim to Mackay Base Hospital with QAS.   

Mackay Criminal Investigation Branch have launched an investigation and are calling for witnesses.   

Police are expected to brief the media shortly.   

More to come. 

BREAKING 2PM: MULTIPLE police crews are responding to an incident behind the old Sugar Research Centre following reports of a shooting.

Initial reports indicate the situation began unfolding at an Amiet St address where there was a car jacking and reports of shots fired.

Police now reportedly have one person in custody and are administering first aid to another person who has a gunshot wound.


Rowan Hunnam

The person reportedly shot is still conscious and breathing and Queensland Ambulance are on scene.

Police are establishing a cordon around the area. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to avoid the area until further notice. It is understood police have advised all schools in the area of the incident.

More to come.

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