INVERELL police say there is no cause for alarm after a random suspected shooting that left a man in hospital.
The 45-year-old man, who is not an Inverell local, was transported to Tamworth hospital yesterday morning for surgery to remove a projectile from his groin after the late-night incident on Thursday. The man told police he was walking with another person in Kamilaroi Park on Byron St about 11pm when he was shot in the groin.
The friend drove the victim to Inverell Hospital, where he was treated before being transferred in a stable condition.
Inverell Inspector Rowan O’Brien said the injuries were not life-threatening.
“We can’t confirm the weapon used,” he told The Leader.
“The victim and another witness were the only people believed to have witnessed the event.”
The victim told police he didn’t know who shot him and that no one else was around, with the industrial area scarce at the time of the suspected shooting.
“We have done a canvass of the area. There are no residential properties there, but at this stage we haven’t spoken to the witness,” Inspector O’Brien said.
“There were no reports of gunfire in that area, so police are calling for assistance from the public from anyone that may have seen anything in the area of what we believe to be Kamilaroi Park.”
The incident has puzzled police, who can’t find a crime scene at the location of the suspected shooting.
They’re still waiting to talk to the man’s friend, who left the hospital before police arrived.
“Neither of the men are from Inverell; they are tradesmen passing through,” Inspector O’Brien said. “We’re not ruling out that it may have occurred somewhere else.”
Inverell police are following a number of leads, but they maintain there is no cause for concern.
“An allegation of this type is extremely unusual for Inverell,” Inspector O’Brien said.
“We are urging anyone who may have knowledge of the incident to contact Inverell police and it can be done anonymously if required.”
Anyone with information should contact Inverell police on 6722 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.