Two men have been arrested over what police describe as a “targeted” shooting in Brisbane on Saturday that injured three people in the heart of the CBD.
A 19 year-old from Redbank Plains and a 20 year-old from Goodna were arrested in Darra after police responded to reports of a shooting at 10.40pm on Saturday.
Police are still searching for a third suspect, a 22 year-old man from Goodna, who is believed to have been with the other alleged shooters.
The men allegedly fired on a man in his 30s on Mary St, hitting him in the chest and leg.
Two women, one in her late teens and one in her 20s, were also injured in the leg from the shots.
CCTV from Turquoise Kebabs on the corner of Mary St and Albert St caught the suspects’ Volkswagen driving away from the shooting.
Susanne Hart, a witness nearby, told Nine News she saw “a pool of blood” at the scene before being told to leave by police.
The men left and burned their vehicle in Darra before fleeing the scene.
Two of the men were caught afterwards with the help of Polair, the dog squad and specialist police.
During the arrest, police recovered the firearm believed to have been used in the shooting. Details as to how the firearm was acquired have not been shared.
Police believe the shooting was “a very targeted attack” on the injured man, who was known to the suspects, and the motivation for the assault will “probably become clear over the next few days of the investigation”.
Authorities do not believe the injured women were directly connected to the incident.
The two arrested men were refused bail and are due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.
Their charges include attempted murder, acts intended to maim/disfigure/disable, wounding and unlawful use of a motor vehicle, discharging a weapon in a public place, unlawful possession of weapons, dangerous conduct with a weapon and arson of a motor vehicle.
Witnesses, those with “relevant vision” and information on the remaining suspect’s whereabouts, have all been urged to contact police to assist in the investigation.
While authorities are “concerned” about the presence of firearms in the area, Detective Acting Inspector Michael Hogan from Queensland Police said “there’s really no need for the rest of the public to be concerned about their welfare, in relation to these activities”.
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