2 May 2019

Man to face court charged with attempted murder

| Lachlan Roberts
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Detective Superintendent Scott Moller labelled the attack as “absolutely reckless”. Photo: George Tsotsos.

A Calwell man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (2 May) charged with attempted murder after a two-month investigation by ACT Policing.

Around 10 pm on 2 March, police were called after seven shots were fired and stray bullets were found lodged into two homes on Freda Gibson Circuit in Theodore in what police described as a “reckless shooting attack”.

One man was taken to hospital with a significant gunshot wound to the leg.

On 8 March, a search warrant was executed at a business address in Fyshwick. Police seized ammunition, explosives and a bolt from a rifle, which investigators believed were linked to the shooting.

On 18 April, a search warrant was executed at a residence in Calwell, where police seized a .3030 calibre lever action rifle believed to be used in the shooting, ammunition and methylamphetamine.

Police seized a .3030 calibre lever action rifle believed to be used in the shooting. Photo: Supplied

Around 8 pm on Wednesday night (1 May), a 32-year-old man was arrested and charged with attempted murder and discharging a firearm in a public place.

Detective Superintendent Scott Moller said the attack was due to a “significant disagreement” between parties. He also revealed police had found links to outlaw motorcycle bikie gangs but would not reveal which gangs were involved.

“It is absolutely reckless,” Detective Superintendent Muller said. “Discharging a firearm in a street in broad daylight is really, really terrible.

“We have bullets ringing through different buildings and a member of the public being shot.

“It is right up there with our most serious offences.”

The investigation is ongoing and police are not ruling out additional charges.

“Anybody coming forward can give their information anonymously,” Detective Superintendent Moller said. “We will protect their identity and any information they give us can stay anonymous.

“Every little piece helps with the puzzle that we are trying to put together.”

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