ACCUSED: Shane Matthew McPherson,17, is co-charged with Australia Day shootings.
ACCUSED: Shane Matthew McPherson,17, is co-charged with Australia Day shootings.

Streets are safe



THE mother of the boy wounded in a drive-by shooting last week believes the streets of Rockhampton are safe again.

The woman, who does not want her son identified, told The Morning Bulletin she was confident the shooting of her boy, who is part Maori, in North Rockhampton on Australia Day, was a "one-off''.

"I feel the streets are safe again,'' was the optimistic message she delivered yesterday as she cared for the 13-year-old who is recovering well after surgeons removed a slug-gun pellet from his rib cage.

"I always felt they (the streets) were safe. I let my boys (aged 13 and 10) ride to school and to the (nearby) BMX track.

"I want them to feel safe going to the BMX track. I want all the children of this city to feel safe.I have lived her for eight years and have always loved Rocky.''

n From front page. ? But just four days ago she wasn't so sure after the initial shock of the shooting.

However quick police action with the arrest of five people in relation to the alleged shootings and positive feedback from detectives has convinced her the offences were isolated.

"I was (initially) frightened to let (my sons) out again,'' she said.

"It was hard, but I have overcome that fear. You can't wrap them up in cotton wool. They are boys after all.''

She said there was always potential for children to be hurt anytime they ventured out of the family home, but she felt Rockhampton was as safe as any city.

She said her son wanted to return to school this week but she had kept him home while he was still recovering.

"He has been lucky,'' she said.



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