Jury finds accused Surfers shooter not guilty

A GOLD Coast car salesman accused of shooting a pedestrian from a Surfers Paradise high rise has been found not guilty.

Rick El Masri was charged with grievous bodily harm after one of two shots he was alleged to have fired from a high rise balcony in December 2010 hit and badly wounded Hylton Miller.

Miller was walking along the Surfers Paradise Esplanade with his family when he was struck by the stray bullet.


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He was lucky to survive the shooting, which left him in a coma for four months.

During the two week trial, El Masri admitted he was intoxicated at the time but accused his friend Hakan Altinoglu of firing the gun.

It took just four hours for the jury to reach their verdict after retiring around 11.30am on Monday.

Bianca Stone reported El Masri held back tears and gripped his pregnant girlfriend’s hand as he left the court a free man.