Police on the hunt for shooter

SHOOTING TRAIL: Police markers near where the 21-year-old was allegedly shot on Auburn Rd, outside Chinchilla.
SHOOTING TRAIL: Police markers near where the 21-year-old was allegedly shot on Auburn Rd, outside Chinchilla. Matthew Newton

UPDATE, 7.30pm: Police would like to hear from anyone who noticed a vehicle similar to a gold coloured Holden utility or black utility around Auburn Road and Slesser Street at the time of the shooting.

Anyone who heard a noise consistent with gun shots on the afternoon of Thursday, November 17 or may be able to assist the investigation is also asked to contact Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

EARLIER: IT WAS just on dusk when a single shot rang out through scrubland near a lonely bend of Auburn Rd.

Despite being shot through the arm and with a bullet lodged in his chest, a 21-year-old Mundubbera man managed the 7km drive back down Auburn Rd and along the Warrego Hwy in his black Commodore Utility, presenting himself at the doors of the Chinchilla Hospital just after 6.30pm last Thursday.

He was airlifted in an induced coma to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane later that night, where he underwent surgery to remove the bullet.

He has since been moved out of the PA's Intensive Care Unit, and is now in a stable condition and recovering.

At this stage, police have not laid any charges in relation to the incident.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Branch visited the man at his hospital bedside on Tuesday this week and obtained a statement from him as to what occurred on the day he was shot.

Police are yet to comment on the motive for the shooting, but believe the victim and the alleged shooter were known to each other.

The bullet has been sent off for ballistics testing and police have also seized the man's vehicle for forensic testing.

Police investigations are continuing.

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