Shooting victim discharged

A 25-YEAR-OLD Emerald man suffering from 47 holes to his back after a shooting accident last week has been discharged from the Rockhampton Hospital.

The shooting incident happened on Thursday around 4.30pm while the man was hunting with friends on a property near Fairbairn Dam.

The wound punctures ranged from his neck to his buttocks and miraculously missed every major organ.

Police said the man was hit with pellets fired from a .410 shotgun, from a distance of 30m to 40m away. He was initially taken to the Emerald Hospital by a friend and later transferred to the Rockhampton Hospital in a stable condition.

Emerald police CIB officer-in-charge Detective Sergeant Mick Polit said the man was among three friends, aged from 18 to 25 years, who were shooting pigeons and ducks on a Selma Rd property that backs onto the Nogoa River.

“He was shot in the back and is lucky to be alive,” Det Sgt Polit said.

The victim has not made a complaint. A 21-year-old man was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and dangerous conduct with a weapon.

He is to appear in Emerald Magistrate’s Court in August.


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