'Armed and dangerous': Police arrest man for allegedly shooting at cyclist after road rage clash

| 25.05,19. 02:41 PM |

'Armed and dangerous': Police arrest man for allegedly shooting at cyclist after road rage clash

Photo: The road rage shooter returned twice to this house and fired at least five shots, police said. (ABC News: Jemima Burt)

Police have arrested a 31-year-old man alleged to have fired several shots at a cyclist in a dramatic escalation of a road rage incident in central Queensland.

Officers spent much of the day searching for the man, who is expected to be charged with weapons offences.

Police said a car and a bicycle almost collided in the Rockhampton suburb of Norman Gardens just after 6:00pm on Friday.

"As a result of that, a verbal altercation has occurred during which, we'll call the person a victim in this instance, has come out with a bat and told the other person, a person of interest, to back away," Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said.

He said at least five shots were fired and that the suspect lived in the same street and was not a licensed gun owner.

"A short time later, the person of interest … has reattended the victim's address. This time he was on foot, he was armed with what we believe to be a hand gun.

"He has observed the male victim at the front of his residence and fired at least two shots at that person.

"Neither of these shots have struck the victim, thankfully.

"A short time later, a white Commodore station wagon has attended that address and picked up the person of interest."

The car drove away, but returned and more shots were fired shots at the cyclist who was still standing at his front door.

Senior Sergeant Peachey said the car left again, but returned one more time and fired at least one more shot.

Police seeking shooter and station wagon

The station wagon was captured on a police camera at about 6:50pm driving south at high speed on Yamba Road.

Police had sought public assistance to help find the shooter and a 2004 white Commodore station wagon, but said neither the man nor the car were to be approached.

"We consider the person of interest obviously armed and dangerous," Detective Peachey said.

"There are a number of shots that have hit the house. Forensic services have been working with investigators in regard to that trying to recover some fragments of those rounds."

The 40-year-old cyclist was home alone at the time and was not injured.

'There was a fair bit of yelling'

Neighbour Barry Jarvis heard the shooting.

He said he had lived in the same street for the past 12 years and that the neighbourhood was normally quiet and peaceful.

"I was sitting outside playing my game and I heard a big bang, sounded like a gunshot or rifle shot or something.

"Cars were screaming up and down the street, next minute the police were next door and the street was cordoned off.

"There was a fair bit of yelling going on.

"We've had a bit of trouble in the street but other than that, no, it's pretty quiet, a pretty good street to live in."

But Mr Jarvis also said there were young people in the area who had caused some trouble, and that he had seen some dangerous driving.

"It's ridiculous, young fellows come hooning around the corner here and I'm just waiting for that tree to get knocked out or hit by a car."

He said young people who "hang around the street" had stolen a school bus from nearby.

"And (they) smashed up my old ute in the front of my yard.

"As far as I know they haven't even got them yet."

'We've got a day care centre'

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, observed the altercation and said the incident was "scary".

"The guy got out and started talking, yelling basically at our neighbour … it just escalated from there and another car came along and then that second car, which was a white one, came along a couple of times," the neighbour said.

"One time he came along there was what appeared to be a gunshot, then he took off and came back again and there was another three gunshots.

"The police were here until midnight and it was just … scary. They told us to stay inside and stay away from the windows in case any ricochets … if they happened to come back.

"There's a lot of children in the street and we've got a day care centre … but it wouldn't have been open at that time, but just a lot of small kids and stuff as well."


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