Police at the scene of the drive-by shooting at Anthony Ave/Laura St, Banora Point. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Daily News
Police at the scene of the drive-by shooting at Anthony Ave/Laura St, Banora Point. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Daily News Blainey Woodham

Big game hunting rifle used in Banora Point drive-by

Update, 11.43am: POLICE say there is no current indication this morning's Banora Point drive-by and a fire at Byron Bay are linked, despite media reports to the contrary.

A NSW Police media spokesman said at this stage police believe the incidents were isolated and not connected, but the possibility will be explored during investigations.

Police say emergency services were called to a fire at Brigantine St, Byron Bay, about 3.35am to find a building, believed to be linked to the Nomads outlaw motorcycle gang, well alight.

A crime scene was set up and the building will be forensically investigated.

 

Initial report, 9.55am: WHEN the crack of gunshots rang through Banora Point about 3.25am this morning, Laura St resident Fiona Barnett was startled awake.

"I woke up with a start to the first shot; I heard four very loud gunshots," Ms Barnett said.

"I belong to a recreational pistol club so I knew what I was.

"At first I thought they were shooting a .22 (long rifle) right near my yard, but I've heard (from one of the men targeted) it was a .30-30 rifle (Winchester). The bullets on those things are huge; they're about three inches long."

 

 

A rifle similar to the .30-30 Winchester a witness believes was used in this morning's drive-by shooting in Banora Point. It is often loaded with large, high-powered rounds.
A rifle similar to the .30-30 Winchester a witness believes was used in this morning's drive-by shooting in Banora Point. It is often loaded with large, high-powered rounds. Wikicommons

Police are currently investigating the drive-by of a home at Anthony Ave and a car at Laura St, just around the corner.

There were no reports of injury at either location.

Ms Barnett said the male targeted in the attack saw three men driving a white Toyota Camry at the time of the shooting and believed they were involved.

"He said there was three young guys were in the car...he didn't think they were bikies or anything like that," she said.

"Most likely crack heads."

Ms Barnett, like Tweed Byron LAC, said the men shot at the home before moving into Laura St and taking shots at a car.

"The brother of the women whose house was shot at threw a bottle at the car," she said.

"They shot at all the doors and windows of the house first and they shot at him when he jumped into a car.

"From what I've heard they were after him, not his sister."

Ms Barnett was shocked the incident had occurred in the picturesque suburban sprawl of Banora Point.

"I'm flabbergasted as to how some young guys got a hold of a rifle like the 30-30," she said.

"It all happened in a very quiet neighbourhood.

 

The drive-by started here, when a home at Anthony Ave, Banora Point, was targeted. A car was also shot at in Laura St a short time later.
The drive-by started here, when a home at Anthony Ave, Banora Point, was targeted. A car was also shot at in Laura St a short time later. Google

"I've had other residents come and talk with me and they all can't figure out what the heck is going on."

Ms Barnett has reported what she witnessed to officers from Tweed Byron LAC.

Tweed Police say a crime scene has been established and will be forensically examined.

If you have any information that may help police call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.


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