Driver dies after being shot in the neck

A YOUNG man shot in the back of the neck by a passenger while driving down a street north of Brisbane has died in hospital.

The 22-year-old was allegedly driving a stolen Toyota Hilux along Michael Avenue in Morayfield when a gun one of his passengers was carrying went off.

Police said a 21-year-old man who was sitting in the backseat discharged the rifle, with the bullet striking the driver in the back of the neck.


It happened outside the Morayfield Tavern, near where Michael Avenue meets Morayfield Road, around 5.15am last Sunday.

Police said three men were seen running away from the Hilux after it crashed, leaving the 22-year-old driver trapped in the wreckage with life-threatening injuries.

He was rushed to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, where he remained in a critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit for seven days.

Sadly, police released a statement this afternoon, confirming the 22-year-old succumbed to his injuries and passed away in hospital this morning.

The 21-year-old accused of pulling the trigger was arrested in a raid at a house in Beerwah on Tuesday.

He’ll reappear in court in September, charged with grievous bodily harm, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, discharge a weapon in a public place, dangerous conduct with a weapon (rifle), unlawful use of a weapon, possession of explosive (ammunition) and two counts of possession of dangerous drug.

The Forensic Crash Unit and CIB are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and are urging anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.

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