Ludmila Clarke and her daughter Jasmine were woken by gun shots on Thursday morning.
Ludmila Clarke and her daughter Jasmine were woken by gun shots on Thursday morning. Allan Reinikka

Living next door to a drug den

FRENCHVILLE resident Ludmila Clark knows all about the problems drugs are causing in her neighbourhood.

When people seeking marijuana kept knocking on her daughter's window late at night she had to put up a sign which read: “Drugs not at these premises – next door”.

Her daughter and two sons were woken at 3.55am on Thursday morning by the sound of four rounds fired from a double-barrelled shotgun into her neighbour's home on Kerrigan St.

Police later found a clandestine amphetamines laboratory at the property.

“I did not know it was guns ... it was explosions and I thought ... somebody set up two bombs,” Ms Clark, a local artist from the Ukraine, explained.

“When police told me it was a gun I was speechless. I needed to digest for a few seconds that there was a gun shooting near my house.

“It was for me like my life is not going to be the same.”

Ms Clark, who has lived in Rockhampton for the past 16 years, said she did not go outside after the shots to see what had occurred because she feared for the safety of her children if something were to happen to her.

She said she had teenage children and the shooting was an important lesson about getting involved with drugs.

“Ice is extremely bad. I heard it's worse than marijuana.”

Police are investigating the shooting.



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