SHATTERED: Jarrod Delower and Michael Fleming with the damage.
SHATTERED: Jarrod Delower and Michael Fleming with the damage. Jim Alouat

‘They shot at the car’: police look into gunshot claims

"WE WENT to Hungry Jack's and we were driving around when all of a sudden this car jumped over the median strip and started chasing us."

A casual Wednesday night cruise escalated very quickly for a group of Bundaberg P-platers, who claim the windscreen of the Holden they were riding in was shattered by a baseball bat before gunshots were fired.

Jarrod Delower, 17, was travelling in his friend Michael Fleming's car with Michael's girlfriend Jayde and two other friends when the chase began - instigated, they say, by a person they knew and exchanged barbs with over Facebook.

"We were driving up near Guzman Y Gomez and these fellas tried to pull my mate out of the car," Jarrod said. "We took off and left.

"He followed us up to Hoon's End near Nemo's Carwash.

"We got stuck behind a learner driver at the roundabout, and they jumped out of the car with baseball bats.

"They smashed the back window, smashed the boot, and then as we were taking off, there were four gunshots at the car."

 

Though the group didn't see a gun, the noise was loud enough to get dozens of people talking about the commotion on Facebook.

NewsMail photographer Paul Donaldson was among others who said they heard the bangs near the airport.

"There were two bangs within about 30 seconds, and then about 15 minutes later there was another one," he said.

 

DAMAGE: A dent on Jarrod Delower's car. Photo: Jim Alouat / NewsMail
DAMAGE: A dent on Jarrod Delower's car. Photo: Jim Alouat / NewsMail Jim Alouat

Bundaberg Police Acting Sergeant David Shooks said the incident was under investigation.

"We were never told anything about the shots fired," he said, "But we were getting calls all day (on Thursday) about it from people wondering what had happened."

Acting Sgt Shooks said he had "never heard about anything like this happening in Bundaberg", and that incidents like this were "not at all" common.

The investigation is ongoing.


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