SHOTS FIRED: It is incredibly fortunate no children were home in their bedroom at the time of the drive by shooting on Naughtin St. Pic: Peta McEachern
SHOTS FIRED: It is incredibly fortunate no children were home in their bedroom at the time of the drive by shooting on Naughtin St. Pic: Peta McEachern

Drive-by victims speak: Shotgun fired through child’s room

SHARDS of glass lay scattered across a child’s room in Tara after two homes were targeted in near-fatal drive-by shootings on Saturday.

The family, who wish to remain anonymous, described the moment their homes came under gunfire.

DEADLY: The victims mother and farther were in bed at the time the bullet went through the window. Pic Peta McEachern
DEADLY: The victims mother and farther were in bed at the time the bullet went through the window. Pic Peta McEachern

The resident of the home on Day St she was with her father and mother, who is in a wheelchair, and was below the window at the time of the shooting.

“I was nearly asleep, and they were in bed below the window that got shot,” she said.

An hour later, her siblings home on Naughtin St came under gunfire, with two shots fired into two separate windows at the front of the house shortly after 11pm.

SMASHED: The children's room to the left where a bullet travelled through the glass, and to the right is the victims bedroom on Naughtin St. Pic: Peta McEachern
SMASHED: The children's room to the left where a bullet travelled through the glass, and to the right is the victims bedroom on Naughtin St. Pic: Peta McEachern

The sister of the first victim was on her way home with her three children when she noticed the shattered glass of her children’s bedroom.

“When I got home I noticed it and so I just left straight away,” she said.

“I had two boys in that room and the one behind is my daughters room.

“My child that has cerebral palsy lives in that room, I’m not really worried about my room - like it’s my kids I’m really worried about.

LUCKY: Detective sergeant Col Harvey said it is extremely fortunate the no one was home at the time of the shooting on Naughtin St. Pic: Peta McEachern
LUCKY: Detective sergeant Col Harvey said it is extremely fortunate the no one was home at the time of the shooting on Naughtin St. Pic: Peta McEachern

“At my sister’s house, my mum is in a wheelchair and she was at the end of the bed when the shot was fired by the window.”

Detectives believe a shotgun was used in both drive by shootings.

Dalby Detective sergeant Col Harvey said it was luck that no one was killed in the two shootings.

“Children do reside here, but that would not have been widely known that there was no one here,” Det Sgt Harvey said.

“This had the significant potential to be much worse.

“There were no serious injuries but there was some cuts and abrasions... the occupants were very lucky.
“All the rooms shots were fired into were bedrooms - some of which were occupied by children.”

Sergeant Col Harvey said investigators were not able to track down a firm suspect, but they have an idea of who the offender is.

“We think the shootings could be related to other recent incidents in the area,” Sgt Harvey said.

CHILDS PLAY: A child's stuffed bear can be seen through one of the windows shot on Naughtin St. Pic: Peta McEachern
CHILDS PLAY: A child's stuffed bear can be seen through one of the windows shot on Naughtin St. Pic: Peta McEachern

The same car and shotgun is believed to have been used in both incidents. It is described as being a sedan with an engine that sounds high-powered.
Following the shooting Tara police have increased their presence within the town with extra units patrolling the area to reassure the community.

Investigators are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote these reference numbers: QP1902383819, QP1902383905.

SHATTERED: The second window of the victims bedroom that was shot on Naughtin St. Pic: Peta McEachern.
SHATTERED: The second window of the victims bedroom that was shot on Naughtin St. Pic: Peta McEachern.

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