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Fri, 5 Aug, 2022

Three confirmed dead after horrific shooting

Three confirmed dead after horrific shooting

A person who allegedly shot four people, killing three of them, is in police custody. 

Mervyn and Maree Schwarz and her sons Graham Tighe and Ross Tighe were the target of a horrific shooting at a rural property in Bogie near Collinsville in Queensland on Thursday morning.

Mervyn, Maree and Graham have been confirmed dead, while Ross remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital due to a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Queensland Police confirmed on Friday morning “the person who has been nominated as the alleged gunman is with us here in custody”.

“We haven’t pressed any charges at this point in time while our investigations are ongoing,” Mackay District Superintendent Tom Armitt said.

Police are currently speaking to five people to help establish the events of the devastating attack. 

They commended Ross for his bravery after fleeing the scene with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and walking “many kilometres” to alert police.

“We believe that the male was able to extract himself from the area when he was spoken to by a police officer many, many kilometres away from the crime scene,” Superintendent Armitt continued.

“He was fleeing from the scene…he was able to tell police that he had been shot and three others (were) also shot.”

Ross was able to speak to police on Thursday, and will once again be asked more questions on Friday in relation to what happened.

Superintendent Armitt confirmed that all involved were neighbours and that “some conversation has occurred” before the shooting. 

“(This) resulted in a meeting up of the parties at the boundary line in the early hours of yesterday (Thursday) morning when the incident occurred,” he said.

Detectives have declared several crimes scenes in the area and forensics will conduct examinations.

There is no ongoing danger to the public. 

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