Police hunt gunman after man sleeping in car ‘shot in face’

POLICE are hunting a gunman who shot a man in the head at Brunswick Heads, near Byron Bay.

The victim, 37, was asleep in his Subaru station wagon, parked on Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve access road when he was woken by someone tapping on the side of the car shortly before 6am.

Police said the man got out and spoke with a man who had his face covered and was holding a handgun.


It’s alleged the armed man made several threats towards the owner of the car before firing two shots at him, one of which struck him in the forehead.

Incredibly, the victim survived and was able to run to the nearby Brunswick Police Station for help.

He was then transported to Byron Bay Hospital for treatment.

Police said the man was in a stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators are still searching for the gunman, described only as speaking with an Australian accent and carrying a dark-coloured handgun.

At the time the man was wearing dark clothing and had his face covered.

Anyone with information is urged to call Tweed Heads Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

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