Cops hunt mystery gunman after bullet casings found

POLICE are searching for answers - and a large, bald-headed man in a hatchback car - after a drive-by shooting at Kawungan.

Detective Inspector Bruce McNab said shots were fired, possibly from a semi-automatic weapon, with bullets damaging two houses and several cars.

While a woman has been charged with weapons offences, police are unsure if she has any connection to the shooting, as mystery surrounds the events that unfolded on the suburban street.

SHORTLY after the shooting, a 28-year-old Kawungan woman was pulled over and charged with one count each of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a knife in a public place.

"A short time after the shooting, a vehicle left an address here on the street and police intercepted that vehicle and located a female person as a sole occupant, and there was a firearm recovered from that vehicle," Det Insp McNab said.

"Now we don't believe the firearm was linked to this incident, but we don't know if she has anything to do with the incident."

Det Insp McNab said police had no reason to believe it was linked to bikies.

Det Insp McNab believes the shots were fired from a distance, based on the casings found on the street.

"Casings on the street suggests as little as nine or 10 shots might have been fired and it's a good chance it's a semi-automatic pistol," Det Insp McNab said.

"We have recovered a few shells and as for fingerprints on the shells, it's too early to tell."

Witnesses reported a number of shots being fired about 8.30pm on Wednesday at Arlington Crt, Kawungan, before seeing a person getting into a small white or silver hatchback and driving away.

"The only description we have is, the person is believed to be a male firing the weapon and he is large built shaped with clean shaven head," Det Insp McNab said.

Police cordoned off the street yesterday and declared it a crime scene as forensic officers from Brisbane examine the affected houses, cars and street.

"This is probably not something that has just happened overnight, it may have been building up over some time and people may have seen some suspicious activity in the area," Det Insp McNab said.

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