11 February 2020

Man known to police shot in gang-related incident at Gordon

| Michael Weaver
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Detective Superintendent Scott Moller said Taskforce Nemesis is seeking information from the public relating to the shooting. Photo: Michael Weaver, Region Media.

A man known to the police has been treated in hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a shooting in the Tuggeranong suburb of Gordon last night.

The shooting occurred at Van Praag Place in Gordon at about 8:50 pm.

The man was taken to hospital after a bullet hit his left bicep in an incident that police say is gang-related.

Detective Superintendent Scott Moller said Taskforce Nemesis, set up to target organised crime, is seeking information from the public relating to the shooting.

“At about 8:50 pm, a man was parked at Van Praag Place in Gordon. Shortly after parking there, two vehicles approached the man and at some point, a shot was fired from a silver-coloured vehicle and the bullet struck the man in the left bicep,” Detective Superintendent Moller said.

Police are investigating a number of leads regarding the shooting, including the burnt remains of a silver vehicle found at Monash shortly after the shooting.

“We are still processing the crime scene and we have a number of leads that we’re investigating but none that I can share at this stage,” Detective Superintendent Moller said.

He was also not prepared to say if the shooting occurred outside the man’s home.

“The investigation is definitely pointed to a targeted attack and we believe the shooting is related to gang activity.

“There are a number of witnesses who we have already canvassed, but I believe there are a number of people out there who have witnessed the incident who are yet to come forward.”

The shooting is the first in the ACT since a spate of gang-related incidents between September and November last year.

“Criminal gang activity is always prevalent in our community and we work very hard to combat that activity through the specific taskforce that has been set up,” Detective Superintendent Moller said.

“In 2019, our taskforce laid 80 charges in relation to gang-related violence against 36 gang members. We executed 35 search warrants and seized 12 firearms.”

Anyone with information that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 6496611. Information can be provided anonymously.

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Has it been suggested to ACT Policing by someone in “higher authority” that the use of the descriptor “motor cycle” is discriminatory? When is our stupid town council going to enact legislation following that of Qld, NSW and Vic to outlaw motor cycle gangs.

At the present time the ACT Firearms Registrar is conducting inspections of the premises (homes) of licensed firearm owners to ensure we have our guns locked up nice ‘n neat ‘n tidy
to ensure compliance with security requirements of firearms act. Don’t want anyone getting hurt, do we?

Meantime crims are running loose around this town shooting up and endangering the lives of residents. Sooner or later an innocent resident will be injured or killed by stray bullets. That’s when the brown smelly will hit the fan and someone in the Assembly will be held to account.

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