Boy, 10, undergoes surgery after being shot in terrifying home invasion

A MAN and his 10-year-old son have been shot during a terrifying home invasion north of the Gold Coast.

Police said two men forced their way into the Ammons Street home at Browns Plains armed with a gun and a machete around 8pm on Boxing Day and confronted a 33-year-old man.

It’s understood an altercation erupted in the backyard during which police said the gun was discharged and the man and his 10-year-old son were shot.


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The child sustained a gunshot wound to his shoulder, while his dad was shot in the stomach.

Police said the boy ran inside and hid under his bed while his father wrestled the gun from the offenders.

The man then allegedly continued to beat the intruders with the gun before they jumped the fence and fled the scene.

The man was transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with a gunshot wound to his abdomen and lacerations, while his son was taken to Lady Cilento Hospital where he was this morning undergoing surgery.

Thankfully, police said their injuries are not life-threatening and both are expected to make a full recovery.

A police dog was also injured after it was attacked by a dog at the Ammons Street home while tracking the intruders who remain at large after scaling a fence in the backyard and fleeing the scene.

The police dog has been taken to a vet for treatment of a torn leg muscle. Its handler also sustained lacerations while trying to break up the dogs.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday morning, Detective Inspector Tod Reid said the attack was “abhorrent”.

“They [the intruders] have 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 at this stage, no motive was apparent for the attack, nor was it clear if the offenders knew the family.

Anyone who may have seen or who has dashcam footage of two men getting into a vehicle in the westbound lanes of Browns Plains Road, near Waller Road at around 8pm on Boxing Day is urged to contact police.

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

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