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Gunshot victim refusing to co-operate with police

LATEST: The victim of a shooting in Pialba on Monday night is refusing to speak with police, Hervey Bay detectives have confirmed.

Rob Fletcher, the 30-year-old brother of champion boxer Jarrod Fletcher, had shed no light on what happened in the moments before a single shot was fired into his stomach.

Fletcher underwent surgery at the Hervey Bay Hospital but its understood the bullet could not be retrieved.

Hervey Bay CIB Detective Sergeant Mick Polit said Mr Fletcher was well known to police for a range of drug and firearm offences and officers were confident the shooting was drug related.

He said there were people who knew what had taken place but "as with many drug and firearm offences, all involved are not co-operating with police".

Police believe Mr Fletcher was shot during an altercation in Pialba before running to a block of units on Beach Rd and calling for help.

Several Beach Rd residents, who spoke to the Chronicle on Monday night, also suspected the shooting was drug related.

Blue Store owner Nicole Goodhew, whose shop was held up earlier this year, said nearby units were known to harbour undesirables.

Crime scenes set up at the Beach Rd unit and at another location on Hythe St, were reopened on Tuesday.

Det Sgt Polit said investigations were continuing but police did not expect to make an arrest on Tuesday night.

Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police on Hythe St in Pialba blocking the intersection with Winchelsea St on Tuesday morning in the aftermath of a shooting on Monday night.
Police on Hythe St in Pialba blocking the intersection with Winchelsea St on Tuesday morning in the aftermath of a shooting on Monday night. Alistair Brightman

UPDATE: Police reopened the intersection of Hythe and Winchelsea Sts in Pialba about 11.30am on Tuesday following a shooting on Monday night.

EARLIER UPDATE: Police investigations into an apparent shooting at Pialba are continuing on Tuesday morning.

A police representative said preliminary information suggested police were called to a residence in Beach Rd about 6.40pm on Monday following reports of a man arriving at the home with a gunshot injury.

Police are stationed outside the units in Beach Rd and have also blocked off the intersection of Hythe and Winchelsea Sts.

The representative corrected earlier reports which indicated the man in his 20s saying the man was 30 and was treated at the scene.

He was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital in a serious but stable condition with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.

Police are appealing for anybody in the area who may have heard an unusual noise or seen anything suspicious around this time to come forward.

Police on Winchelsea St in Pialba blocking the intersection with Hythe St on Tuesday morning in the aftermath of a shooting on Monday night.
Police on Winchelsea St in Pialba blocking the intersection with Hythe St on Tuesday morning in the aftermath of a shooting on Monday night. Alistair Brightman

EARLIER: A man in his 20s has been taken to hospital with gunshot wounds following a shooting in Hervey Bay on Monday night.

Witnesses said a man in his 20s was taken to hospital after running into a unit complex on Beach Rd with gunshot wounds.

They described hearing  the man yell "somebody call the police".

Paramedics and police were called and the man was taken to hospital in a what's believed to be a serious but stable condition.

Beach Rd, from Watson St to the Esplanade, in Pialba has been closed on Monday night following the incident which happened after 6.30pm.

Hervey Bay police Sergeant Darryn Morris said it was unclear who the shooter was or where the shooting occurred but the Chronicle understands two separate crime scenes have been established.

Several police units are at the scene on Monday night.

Nicole Goodhew, owner of the Blue Store on the corner of Beach Rd and Watson St, said she had fielded a number of calls from concerned friends and family who feared for her safety after the store was robbed earlier this year.

She said she was unaware who was involved but police were regularly called to a group of nearby units. 

Police outside a block of units on Beach Rd where a man with a gunshot wound went for help.
Police outside a block of units on Beach Rd where a man with a gunshot wound went for help. Alistair Brightman

Topics:  editors picks, hervey bay, hervey bay police, pialba, shooting



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