News Crime Police manhunt north of Brisbane after woman suffers ‘serious gunshot wound’

Police manhunt north of Brisbane after woman suffers ‘serious gunshot wound’

Officers were called to a property in Kelliher Street in Rothwell this morning after reports a woman was shot. Photo: ABC News: Rohmana Thompson
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Police are searching for two men north of Brisbane after a 27-year-old woman was shot on Thursday morning.

The Queensland Ambulance Service said critical care paramedics took the woman to hospital in a serious condition.

Police said they tracked a vehicle to Bribie Island before making an emergency declaration just before 11am.

People were urged to avoid a suburban area on Bribie Island while specialist officers responded.

Detective Inspector Robert Hytch said the woman was taken to a home in Rothwell, near Deception Bay, with a “serious gunshot wound”.

“The woman was taken there and delivered to other family members so that they can call the ambulance,” Mr Hytch said.

Police have closed off streets on Bribie Island after responding to “a serious incident”.

“The victim is undergoing surgery this afternoon and is in a serious condition, but she’s expected to survive.

“The circumstances of how the woman got shot are still under investigation.”

Police believe one of the men is still within the declared public emergency zone in Bribie Island.

The second man was spotted on Bribie Island on Thursday, but it is believed he has since escaped outside the emergency zone.

Detective Inspector Hytch said one of the men had escaped a cordoned area set up by police to catch him.

Detective Inspector Robert Hytch said the woman had suffered a “serious gunshot wound”.

Specialist police and dog squads were also called in to assist with the search.

“Our investigations are currently concentrating on finding the two males,” Detective Inspector Hytch said.

“We believe we know who the males are.”

He said one of the men was known to police for an unrelated matter and details of the shooting were still unclear.

“It could be quite explainable that it was an accidental shooting, however we need to locate the two males who have decamped to be able to build the story as to what took place.”

Detective Inspector Hytch said police had recovered the gun they believed was used in the shooting.

“I don’t think there is any threat to the local community,” he said.

Police have blocked off several streets on Bribie Island and advised residents to avoid the area around Bigmulys Street, Sylvan Beach Esplanade, Elkhorn Avenue and Eucalyptus Street.