Tex Bennett talks yesterday of the community’s shock at Tuesday’s tragic events.
Tex Bennett talks yesterday of the community’s shock at Tuesday’s tragic events. ALLAN REINIKKA

Father worried for his family

GRACEMERE’S Tex Bennett was doing the dishes after dinner when a gunshot shattered the relative silence.

Having lived in Zamia Way, a quiet street in Gracemere for two years, the father of three instinctively knew something was wrong.

He rushed outside.

“I saw a ute backing out before being driven away,” Tex said yesterday as he recalled the dramatic scenes that had unfolded just hours before.

“People were screaming ... a neighbour went into the house and the baby was taken to another house.

“I could see the baby was bleeding from the head.”

The eight-month-old boy was dead, having been shot.

The baby’s father, 36, had been shot in the stomach and he is now recovering at Rockhampton Hospital.

A few minutes later the baby’s mother died after the vehicle she was driving hit a tree in Rockhampton.

Speaking to a contingent of media that had congregated at his front door, Tex said later on Tuesday night police told his family about the incident.

“I only heard one shot; apparently there were more,” he said.

“We were concerned because we have the kids and they were scared.”

Tex said residents in the street respected each other’s peace and space.

“It’s one of those things you think wouldn’t happen in an area like this,” he said.

“It’s very quiet around here. People keep to themselves.

“This will rock a few people.”

He said he didn’t really know those involved.

“All of us are in shock,” Tex said.

Meanwhile, other neighbours said the woman kept to herself.



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