Shotgun attack on drug house
POLICE say they found a drug lab at a North Rockhampton home following a shooting yesterday morning when the property was peppered with shotgun shells.
The shooting has shocked the normally quiet Frenchville neighbourhood of Kerrigan St where residents reported feeling alarmed and frightened by the sound of the shots at 3.55am.
Detective Sergeant Nick Williams, of Rockhampton CIB, said when police searched the home later that morning they found chemicals and glassware used to produce amphetamines.
He said police were searching for the gunman who fired four times at the house using a double-barrelled shotgun but said they had no description.
Det Sgt Williams said police wanted to speak to a 36-year-old man inside the home at the time of the shooting who had fled afterwards.
Both men remained at large late yesterday afternoon.
Det Sgt Williams said the house had come to police attention previously for drug offences but was not under surveillance at the time of the shooting.
He said the missing resident, who had been staying at the house for the past week, was a known drug offender.
“He has left the residence prior to police arriving and we'd like to speak to him,” he said.
A 50-year-old man who also lived at the home claimed he had been asleep when the four shots were fired into the windows and walls and was assisting police.
Det Sgt Williams said police could not say whether it was a drive-by shooting or whether the offender had fled on foot, although one resident had reported hearing a person running through a garden 20 minutes after the shooting.
No one was injured during the shooting.
A neighbour said she had been woken by the sound of the shots.
“It was pretty loud and woke us up.
“We've just moved here so it's a good start,” she joked.
Another resident said hearing the shots was “scary”.
“It's shocking that a house has been shot up on our street.”
A man who said he had lived in the neighbourhood for the past 50 years said it was generally a safe and quiet neighbourhood.
Yesterday detectives, scenes of crime officers and forensic police combed the property for evidence, including shell cases.
A drug squad has been sent from Brisbane to determine whether any drugs were being produced at the property and to dismantle the lab.
No charges had yet been laid.