Teen dies after car park attack
A TEENAGER, believed to be a Gympie high-school student, has died after being stabbed yesterday morning in what has been described as an unprovoked attack in broad daylight.
Police said the 15-year-old died three-and-a-half hours after being stabbed in the downstairs car park of Goldfields Plaza at about 9.15am.
Paramedics with police assistance resuscitated the patient at the scene and immediately transported by ambulance to Gympie Hospital where medical staff worked frantically to save the boy’s life.
A surgical team from Nambour Hospital was rushed to Gympie under police escort to operate but the knife wound proved to be fatal.
Gympie Ambulance acting officer in charge Brian Lehane said the stabbed teenager suffered one severe penetrating wound to his torso.
Detective Senior Sergeant of Gympie District CIB Gregg Davey said an altercation started between two teenagers outside the Sovereign Cinema in Monkland Street, Gympie.
He said the alleged attack appeared to be unprovoked but it was not yet known whether the boys actually knew each other.
“The victim was assaulted and ran from his alleged attacker, who pursued the victim on foot,” Snr Sgt Davey said.
“He was chased around the top car park, down Nash Street and into the bottom car park where the victim was again attacked by the offender and received injuries that proved to be fatal.”
Snr Sgt Davey said members of the public intervened and restrained the offender until police arrived and took him into custody.
A 16-year-old male was being questioned last night.