Man shot during robbery attempt

Police and ambulance crews attend the Nobby General Store after a local man was shot yesterday.
Police and ambulance crews attend the Nobby General Store after a local man was shot yesterday.

POLICE are on the lookout for a violent gunman after a man was shot in the leg in Nobby yesterday.

A local man was shopping at Nobby General Store at 3.45pm when an unknown male entered the store with a sawn-off rifle and shot him in the thigh.

The offender then stole the victim’s car keys and left the scene in the stolen car.

Clifton Police Senior Constable Greg Burton said the suspect was considered armed and dangerous.

“At this stage, we’re treating it as a robbery,” Snr Const Burton said.

Police are on the lookout for a white 2000-model Holden Statesman sedan with registration 321 JVQ.

It was last seen heading on back roads towards Cambooya about 4pm.

“Be on the lookout, but do not approach the vehicle,” Snr Const Burton said.

“If anyone locates the vehicle, contact the local police.”

Nobby General Store spokeswoman Samantha Metzroth said the whole town had been distressed by the attack.

“Things like that just don’t happen out here,” Ms Metzroth said.

“It’s very unexpected in our little town; we’re all in shock.”

Ms Metzroth said she suspected the attack may have been related to road rage, but police said they were treating it as a robbery.

“The man was wearing a balaclava and a motorcycle helmet,” Snr Const Burton said.

“No bike was found; it’s unknown how he arrived.”

The victim was transported to Toowoomba Hospital soon after the shooting, where he remains in a stable condition.

A hospital spokesman said the gunshot wound had “missed all major arteries”.

Topics:  crime nobby robbery attempt

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