A man was allegedly shot in the leg by a local resident in Rainforest Drive, Meridan Plains.
A man was allegedly shot in the leg by a local resident in Rainforest Drive, Meridan Plains. Barry Leddicoat

Man 'fires shots at hooning car'

A MAN livid at hoons making a ruckus in his street allegedly shot at their car to scare them away.

Complaints were made to police shortly before midnight on Monday about cars hooning in an area of Meridan Plains.

The next call came after a 55-year-old man allegedly shot at and hit a moving car on Rainforest Dr.

The bullet from the .22-calibre rifle pierced a door and hit a 19-year-old male passenger in the leg.

It did not break the skin but bruised the teenager, police said.

After an interview with police yesterday, a 55 year old man was charged with three weapon-related offences.

Residents of Rainforest Dr said hooning was a constant battle in the quiet outer-suburban area.

Kay Williams, who lives on the road with her family, said she would not be surprised if someone shot at a hooning car out of frustration.

Ms Williams said young drivers often harassed livestock in private properties at the end of the road.

"All night long there are cars driving up and down," Ms Williams said.

"It's very regular. The weekends are worse."

Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said he twice heard cars speeding up and down Rainforest Dr on Monday night.

The man said he would have rung police if he had heard the cars a third time.

A third resident, who has lived on the street for 20 years, said police sometimes patrolled the road.

The man who allegedly fired at a car is charged with one count each of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon, and dangerous conduct with a weapon.

He will face Caloundra Magistrates Court on November 1.

Senior Constable Des Hansson, from the Caloundra Police Station, said the alleged shooting was reported by the victim.

Snr Const Hansson said there had been a number of complaints about hooning in the area where it happened.

"We would encourage everybody to report any hooning by calling the police station," Snr Const Hansson said. "We don't like to see people injured unnecessarily.

"Hooning is an ongoing issue.

"We try to investigate it to the best of our ability."

Anyone with information that could help police should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Witnesses to hooning should call 13 HOON (134 666).


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