Qld shooting: Four allegedly injured in rural shooting at Bogie, Whitsundays

A gunman is reportedly on the loose and a man is fighting for his life after four people were injured in a shooting in rural North Queensland.

Reports from the The Courier-Mail suggest the alleged incident was linked to a property dispute.

Emergency crews were called to a property in Bogie – a small outback mining town in the Whitsundays near Collinsville – at 8.54am on Thursday.

Police are still at the scene and have urged members of the public to avoid the area as the incident is still unfolding.

An emergency declaration was made at 11.30am under the Public Safety Preservation Act, with boundaries encompassing Sutherland Rd, Normanby Rd, Mount Compton Rd and Starvation Creek.

“One male has been located some distance from the property and is currently being treated for a gunshot wound,” Queensland Police said.

“Police are currently conducting emergency operations in the area and requesting members of the public and aircraft to not attend the location.”

Queensland Ambulance Services confirmed a male patient in his 30s was flown to Mackay Hospital in a critical condition for a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

Opal Ridge Motel staff member Elly Colls told The Guardian that she was alerted to the incident at 11am.

She said when she received the call from another local she thought she should lock up her house, as she didn’t think they had found the shooter.

It is understood the shooting happened at a remote location and there are issues getting there.

Bogie’s population is 207 people, according to the latest census data.

Locals from Bowen and Collinsville described the alleged incident as “unusual” and “strange” for the usually quiet area.

“There haven’t been many shootings there (Bogie) before … it’s very unusual,” a business owner in Collinsville said.

Queensland Ambulance Service reportedly sent eight crews to the scene.

In a now deleted tweet, RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter said it was “responding to reports of four people injured in an alleged shooting west of Collinsville”.

An RACQ spokesperson told the ABC earlier they understood the shooter was still at large.

An RACQ spokesperson also told Yahoo News Australia “early accounts are three in the paddock and one in the home”.

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