Four people on the run after Carrara man shot while closing door to attackers

Four people on the run after Carrara man shot while closing door to attackers
Woman speaks to police

Detectives speak to the victim’s wife Amanda Walker outside her home. Courtesy: ABC News

Police are continuing to search for three men and a woman involved in a shooting on the Gold Coast yesterday afternoon.

Investigators said the group went to the Carrara property on Plateau Crescent armed with a gun and a metal pole.

Detectives said one of the men shot a 44-year-old man through the closed front door.

The victim’s wife, Amanda Walker, witnessed the attack and said she and her husband did not know the offenders.

The couple, who had been living at the property for five months, had their seven-year son at home at the time, but he did not witness the shooting.

Ms Walker saw the car pull up on a CCTV camera and warned her partner to close the door, and the man was shot in the arm when he was trying to close it.

“I saw one of them with a long bag and the girl had a big black bar and I didn’t even know who they were … when they ran down the stair she was shaking her head like it was the wrong place,” she said.

She said her husband was lucky he was crouching down when he was shot.

“When he pulled his arm back that’s when they blew his arm off … If he had of been standing up he wouldn’t be here,” she said.

Neighbour Emily Hopley heard the gunshot and said nothing like that had happened in the street since she had been living there.

“It’s quiet … there’s nothing going on, maybe teenagers hooning, but absolutely nothing like that,” she said.

The victim was taken to hospital in a serious condition with arm injuries, and police are yet to speak to him.

Witnesses have told police the woman who was with the group of attackers was carrying the metal bar.

While the gun was described as a shotgun by some witnesses, that has yet to be confirmed by ballistics experts.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Nicola Brown said it was not known yet if the shooting was a targeted attack.

“The actions of the offenders would suggest that their intention was to attend that particular address but at this stage there’s no known connection between the victim and the offenders,” she said.

The attackers fled the area in a car.

Acting Senior Sergeant Brown said it had initially been described as a small car but they were not ruling it out being a van or a station wagon.

“It’s been described as a shiny green colour with mag wheels and [it was] last seen driving along Plateau Crescent towards the Metricon Stadium,” she said.

Dozens of officers were combing the scene on Monday night, where a blood-soaked towel sat on the driveway.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-09/carrara-shooting-leaves-man-in-hospital-four-on-the-run/9313690

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