Multiple crime scenes, five locals in custody after deadly shootings

Multiple crime scenes, five locals in custody after deadly shootings

After providing police with vague information as to what had taken place, the man was airlifted by rescue hospital to Mackay Base Hospital in a critical condition.

He underwent surgery and was deemed to be in a “serious but stable condition” on Thursday night, according to a Mackay Hospital and Health Service spokeswoman.

Police were dispatched from surrounding areas and at 11.30am sought to establish an exclusion zone over a vast area of ​​country, hoping to contain whoever was responsible.

Vehicles, including even media helicopters, were warned to stay away, as police seek to prevent any further shootings. By 2.30pm, police had located the bodies and shifted the exclusion area.

Police searched scrub and grazing land at Bogie after being alerted to a triple murder.

On Thursday afternoon, Mackay District Police Superintendent Tom Armitt said the “killer or killers” were still at large, in an area he described as remote, hilly and heavily forested.

Armitt said the survivor had traveled “many, many kilometres” to raise the alarm.

“Originally, when the male person spoke to us, he was obviously in a distressed state,” he said.

“There was some confusion about where the shooting had occurred.

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“We do not know who is responsible.

“No indication has been given to us as to why this has occurred.”

According to the most recent census, Bogie has 207 people, almost two-thirds of them men.

The major employer is the Glencore mine at Collinsville, however there are numerous large cattle properties.

There was speculation on Thursday of a boundary dispute involving neighbors graziers, however police remained tight-lipped.

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