Police hunt “men in hatchback” after man shot, dumped on roadside

UPDATE @ 20 July, 2018 | THE search continues for three people after a man was shot and thrown out of a car near a high school at Helensvale.

Police said the 46-year-old man was located on the side of Helensvale Road with significant gunshot wounds to his leg around 2.25pm on Thursday.

It’s understood he was travelling in a vehicle with two or three men known to him before he was shot and dumped on the roadside near Monterey Keys Drive.


He was treated by paramedics at the scene before being taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Detective Inspector Mark Thompson addressed the media after the incident, confirming police were searching for two or three males in a “silver or gold hatch”.

“The information we have at this point in time is that male has been shot and he has been left at that location (Helensvale Road) by possibly three males driving a silver or gold hatch,” he said.

Detective Inspector Thompson said the group is also believed to have been at the Runaway Bay Shopping Complex on Lae Drive earlier in the day.

Anyone who saw the hatchback at either location on Thursday is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or their local police station.

Detective Inspector Thompson confirmed the shooting was not “random”, saying the victim was known to both police and his attackers.

“We have no information to believe that these males are a danger to any other member of the public,” he said.

“We believe the males involved in this were all known to each other and this was not a random act.”

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EARLIER @ 19 July, 2018 | A MAJOR manhunt is underway for a gunman on the Gold Coast after a man was shot and reportedly thrown out of a moving car at Helensvale.

The man was found with a “significant” gunshot wound to his leg on Helensvale Road, near Monterey Keys Drive just before 2.30pm, police said.

He was treated by a team of critical care paramedics before being taken by ambulance to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said the man’s condition was now listed as “stable”.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting were not immediately known.

It’s understood the man was shot in a vehicle before being dumped on the roadside, less than a kilometre up the road from Helensvale State High School.

A crime scene has been declared and Helensvale Road – a main thoroughfare connecting Helensvale with Hope Island – has been closed to all traffic between Monterey Keys Drive and Warrego Way.

Police are expected to address the media with more information at 4:30pm.

UPDATE 3:30 PM: A MAN has been shot and reportedly thrown out of a moving car on the Gold Coast.

Police said the man was found with a gunshot wound to his leg on Helensvale Road, near Monterey Keys Drive, at Helensvale just before 2.30pm.

He had reportedly been dumped from a moving car after being shot.

Paramedics, including the city’s High Acuity Response Unit, attended the scene and treated the man for a “traumatic injury” before he was taken to hospital.

His age and condition was not immediately known.

Dozens of police have swooped on the area near the Monterey Keys Shopping Village and are urging members of the public to stay away.

A crime scene has been established and Helensvale Road has been closed near Monterey Keys Drive and Warrego Way, triggering traffic chaos in the area.

No further information was available at the time of writing.