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Boy shot in terrifying home invasion

Police have arrested a 22-year-old man who is known to the couple. Photo: Getty
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Police are hunting for two men responsible for a terrifying Brisbane home invasion that left a 10-year-old boy and a man shot.

Two men, one armed with a gun and another with a machete, entered a Brown Plains home on Tuesday just before 8pm and an argument broke out.

Police say the boy’s father got into an argument with the two offenders and, without knowing his son was outside, threw a paint can at the pair before the gun fired and the boy was injured.

The boy then fled into the house and hid under his bed, police say, while the father managed to wrestle the gun off the offenders.

He proceeded to strike the two men with the gun, sustaining injuries himself from the bladed weapon before the two men fled.

Both the boy and the man, 33, were taken to hospital and are expected to make a full recovery from their injuries.

Detective Inspector Tod Reid said the incident was very concerning and police were appealing for anyone with information to help them locate the two alleged offenders.

“They’ve shot a 10-year-old child on Boxing Day. This is an abhorrent crime,” Det Insp Reid said.

“We need to catch them and we need your help to do it.”

Mr Reid said no motive was apparent for the attack, nor was it clear at this stage if the offenders were known to the family.

The two attackers reportedly fled the scene empty handed.

The boy was transported to Lady Cilento Hospital and the man was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Channel Seven reported.

A police dog was injured by another dog, as was the dog handler, while police were attempting to trace the offenders.

Police are asking that anyone who may have seen  – or has dashcam footage – of two men entering a vehicle in the westbound lanes of Browns Plains Road in the vicinity of Waller Road at around 8pm on Boxing Day to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.

– With AAP