Man charged for firearms incident near southside Maccas
UPDATE, 6.30AM THURSDAY: A 32-YEAR-old Rockyview man has been charged in relation to a firearms incident in South Rockhampton on Monday, September 7.
Police will allege an altercation occured between two men in Fitzroy St at 3.30pm.
It is then understood the pair parted ways as one of the men walked back to his vehicle, another man not involved in the original altercation allegedly produced a firearm and discharged it towards the man.
Both men left the scene.
Specialist police took the man into custody yesterday afternoon at a service station on Thozet R.
A search warrant was carried out on the man's vehicle where a loaded firearm was allegedly located.
The man has been charged with one count each of dangerous conduct with a weapon, possess dangerous drugs, possess drug utensils, unlawful possession of weapons, authority required to possess explosives, failure to properly dispose of a syringe and three counts of evading police.
He is due to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court today (September 10).
Investigations are continuing.
UPDATE, 1PM TUESDAY: MULTIPLE suspects remain at large following an alleged shooting incident in a busy Rockhampton CBD street on Monday.
Police units swarmed the Allenstown suburb at Fitzroy St about 3.30pm - a time when many students and young families leaving nearby schools were in the area.
Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said a violent altercation initially erupted between two men on the road's eastbound lane between Murray St and George Ln.
"Shortly afterwards a woman and one of the men involved in the altercation walked back to a blue vehicle parked in George Lane," said Det Snr Sgt Peachey.
Footage viewed by The Morning Bulletin showed the pair attempted to trade blows as horrified onlookers were forced to watch on from their cars.
A female bystander, understood to be known to one of the men, also observed the altercation.
"Another man not involved in the original altercation was then observed exiting a dark coloured vehicle in Murray St at the intersection of Fitzroy St with what appears to be a rifle," Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.
Multiple witnesses at the scene described how the third male brandished and discharged his firearm towards the male and female before he fled the scene.
"Most of the have witnesses saw the initial altercation between the two males and then saw the other male exit the third dark colour vehicle and discharged the firearm."
"At this stage, the evidence that we have is that it was just fired once however we've been unable to at this stage find any casings or projectiles," said Det Snr Sgt Peachey.
A manhunt for two vehicles - a black Holden Cruze and blue Mazda with no number plates - ensued a short time later.
Officers have since been unable to locate any of the four people of interest, while examination of crime scene forensics was underway.
Reasons as to why the initial fight broke out, however, remain unclear at this time.
"We're obviously taking this matter very seriously, we do have a number of leads and currently following up those," Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.
Police have not ruled out the possibility the gun was linked to a large firearm haul stolen across Central Queensland in recent months.
"At this stage we'll keep a really open mind in regard to the investigation so we're not going to rule anything out," Det Snr Sgt Peachey said.
"We're probably lucky we're not talking about something a lot more serious. There's no evidence at this stage which suggests that projectile has struck anyone."
Det Snr Sgt Peachey added anyone who might have relevant dashcam or mobile footage from the area between 3.30pm and 4pm should contact local authorities.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting, or Crime Stoppers via crimestoppersqld.com.au.