GUN SHY

Vic­tim takes bul­let but won’t help de­tec­tives

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE - CHRIS MCMA­HON CHRIS. MCMA­HON@ NEWS. COM. AU

A MAN who was shot through both feet in a bizarre in­ci­dent in Rail­way Es­tate on Sun­day night is re­fus­ing to talk to po­lice.

Of­fi­cers kicked off a fran­tic search for Craig Flem­ing, 27, ( right) about 10.30pm on Sun­day fol­low­ing re­ports to po­lice of gun­shots from a unit on Sec­ond St ( above). De­tec­tives spent more than 18 hours search­ing for Mr Flem­ing, in­clud­ing mak­ing a pub­lic ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion. He ar­rived in­jured at Townsville Po­lice Sta­tion yes­ter­day af­ter­noon but re­fused to tell po­lice what had hap­pened and who was in­volved in the in­ci­dent.

A MAN who was shot through both feet in a bizarre in­ci­dent in Rail­way Es­tate on Sun­day night is re­fus­ing to talk to po­lice.

Of­fi­cers kicked off a fran­tic search for Craig Flem­ing, 27, about 10.30pm on Sun­day fol­low­ing re­ports to po­lice of gun­shots from his unit on Sec­ond St in Rail­way Es­tate.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived, Mr Flem­ing and the gun­man were nowhere to be seen, with a blood trail that went cold and other ev­i­dence sug­gest­ing a shoot­ing had taken place.

De­tec­tives spent more than 18 hours search­ing for Mr Flem­ing, in­clud­ing mak­ing a pub­lic ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion, fear­ing he had been se­ri­ously in­jured in the shoot­ing.

Mr Flem­ing ar­rived at Townsville Po­lice Sta­tion yes­ter­day af­ter­noon – with gun­shot wounds to both his feet – but re­fused to tell po­lice what had hap­pened and who was in­volved in the in­ci­dent.

Po­lice are still search­ing for the al­leged shooter.

Dis­trict Duty Of­fi­cer Se­nior Sergeant Dar­ren Ran­dall told the Bul­letin last night that po­lice had spo­ken to Mr Flem- ing late yes­ter­day af­ter­noon. “De­tec­tives have spo­ken to a male per­son in re­la­tion to mi­nor gun­shot wounds to both feet,” Sen- Sgt Ran­dall said.

“It’s sus­pected a bul­let has gone into one foot and ric­o­cheted and gone into the other, or a frag­ment of the bul­let dis­lodged into the heel of his sec­ond foot. In­quiries by Townsville de­tec­tives are still on­go­ing, al­though po­lice have not re­ceived a for­mal com­plaint from the man.”

De­tec­tive Sergeant Tony Flan­ders said ini­tial in­for­ma­tion sug­gested two women and a man had ar­rived at the Sec­ond St home be­fore the al­leged shoot­ing took place.

“( The) in­ci­dent we are in­ves­ti­gat­ing in­volved the pos­si­ble dis­charge of a firearm,” Sgt Flan­ders said.

“There are a num­ber of items of ev­i­dence that have been lo­cated in that unit that have led us to that con­clu­sion.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion so far has dis­cov­ered the male vic­tim is an oc­cu­pant of the unit.

“There were two other oc­cu­pants in the unit at the time when the three per­sons of in­ter­est, who are known to the vic­tim, have at­tended the ad­dress, when the in­ci­dent oc­curred.”

While po­lice have yet to re­ceive a com­plaint from Mr Flem­ing, the shooter could still face se­ri­ous penal­ties for weapon of­fences.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion which can as­sist po­lice in their in­ves­ti­ga­tion should call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Craig Flem­ing, 27.

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