CAREFUL SEARCH: State Emergency Service personnel look for cluesCLUES
CAREFUL SEARCH: State Emergency Service personnel look for cluesCLUES

Shot dead on city street

By LYNDAL GAWEN

ROCKHAMPTON police started a full-scale homicide investigation yesterday after Edmund William Payne was shot dead outside his Card Street home on Sunday.

With a scant description from an eyewitness, the police are calling for help from the public to locate a man who was seen with the victim at the time of the shooting.

According to the witness, a bang was heard about 8.30pm on Sunday.

The witness looked out a window, believing a car had back-fired.

Instead of a car, the witness saw two men in the street, one of them had fallen to the ground.

The witness came outside and assisted Mr Payne, who was on the ground, giving him CPR, while the unidentified man watched for a while on the other side of the road.

Shortly after this the police were called, but before they arrived the unidentified man had left the crime scene.

Police are now "anxious to locate the man'' who is described as 185cm tall, wearing a dark coat, dark trousers and a light-coloured shirt.

Mr Payne was taken to Rockhampton Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

At the crime scene yesterday, Mick Niland, Detective Inspector for the Central Police Region, said the 31-year-old victim, born in Victoria, was known to police but would not elaborate on how and why they knew him.

Residents of Card Street, however, had noticed people coming and going from Mr Payne's residence, 21 Card Street, "24 hours a day''.

In an effort to find clues or even a murder weapon Detective Inspector Niland said police had co-ordinated with State Emergency Service volunteers to search Mr Payne's yard and the street.

"A number of exhibits were seized,'' as a result of the SES search, he said.

"Our investigations are progressing. We received a lot of information this morning and hope people continue to contact us regarding this homicide.



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