UPDATE 5PM: THREE men who stormed their way into a Newtown home armed with guns are on the run as police try to determine what prompted the attack.

Heavily armed police and detectives closed Brim St after receiving reports three men - two armed with guns - forced their way into a timber home about 9.20am yesterday.

Despite the best efforts of a man inside the home who had attempted to block their entry, the offenders managed to force their way in.

The resident had blockaded himself against the front door but after two guns were shoved through the doorway and a shot fired, the men gained entry and searched the property.

The resident was allegedly struck over the head and was later treated for head and wrist injuries stemming from the attack.

Police and detectives at Brim St, Newtown, after reports of a disturbance.
Police and detectives at Brim St, Newtown, after reports of a disturbance. Kevin Farmer

The single shot fired inside the home caused minor damage.  

The offending trio then fled the home in a white vehicle of unknown make and model, prompting a search of the Newtown area.

Plain clothes detectives spent the morning doorknocking nearby homes.

Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Paul McCusker said police were now searching for the three men.

"Police have not been able to explain the reason for the attack," Det. Snr Sgt McCusker said.

"We got the call to attend the address from someone inside the house and as a result police have conducted their inquiries."

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the burglary to come forward.

The first man, who had been armed with a sawn-off shotgun in good condition, is described as being a thin Caucasian male aged in his 30s and about 185cm tall.

The second man is described as being Caucasian in appearance, aged in his 30s, about 180cm tall, of a thin build and blue eyes.

The third man is aged between 18-25 years, about 180cm tall, Caucasian in appearance and of a thin build.

Police are appealing for witnesses and are asking anyone with information that could assist them to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police and detectives at Brim St, Newtown, after reports of a disturbance. Photo Contributed
Police and detectives at Brim St, Newtown, after reports of a disturbance. Photo Contributed Contributed

UPDATE 10.30AM: Forensic examiners have arrived at the scene of a shooting in Newtown.

It is believed one shot was fired into the timber home on Brim St after offenders fled the area following an altercation this morning.

One man with a bloodied face asked staff at the nearby Gowrie Road Hotel to call emergency services.

It is understood that man has since been taken to hospital.

9AM: Police have marshalled outside a Newtown home after reports armed people stormed the residence this morning.

Toowoomba detectives have secured the area and witness statements have been taken.

Police are door knocking nearby homes in Brim St.

Police and detectives at Brim St, Newtown, after reports of a disturbance.
Police and detectives at Brim St, Newtown, after reports of a disturbance. Contributed

8AM: Toowoomba police are responding to reports a man was assaulted by three people, including one who was armed with a rifle.

The incident is reported to have occurred in Brim St, Newtown, about 9.15am.

Emergency services are on their way to the scene.



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