Police suspect drug debt in Lilydale shootings
Three separate shootings at a Lilydale house overnight could involve a drug debt, and Inspector Terry Kane says police know the gunman's identity.PT1M24S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2t0a5 620 349 September 2, 2013
A Lilydale house only metres from a police station has been shot at in three separate incidents spread over 12 hours.
Police believe the brazen chain of shootings was linked to a drug-related dispute concerning the occupiers of a Beresford Road home.
The first shot was fired when a 29-year-old man who lives at the property clashed with the gunman about 3pm on Sunday, Police reported.
Police responded to calls about a shooting before the gunman allegedly returned twice more to fire at the house. Photo: Penny Stephens
The pair were believed to be standing in the doorway and the home occupier took "evasive action" to avoid being injured.
The gunman fled in a blue Mitsubishi sedan, but returned hours later, after police had cleared the scene.
Flanked by some of the area’s major arterials, Beresford Road is a busy thoroughfare for local traffic and commuters heading for the Maroondah Highway or Lilydale train station.
The house has been cordoned off as a crime scene. Photo: Penny Stephens
At about 7.30pm the shooter returned to the house and shot a hole through the front door.
Shortly after police left the scene for a second time the shooter returned again, with more shots reported at 2.30am Monday.
A Beresford Road resident said police were called to the house "a fair bit" and that “many different people” seemed to come and go, including children.
What appear to be bullet holes in the security door of the property in Beresford Road in Lilydale. Photo: Penny Stephens
Neighbour Steph Mancarella, 19, was at home with some friends on Sunday when they heard the first shot.
"I saw a guy running away with a gun," she said "We weren’t sure whether we should call police because then we weren’t sure it was a gun.
"It’s pretty scary."
Inspector Terry Kane said police believed the shootings were linked to drugs and had all been carried out by a man they believed they’d identified.
Inspector Terry Kane says the gunman is 'absolutely' considered dangerous.
But they had yet to locate the man early Monday afternoon.
There were "some children" present during one of the shootings, Inspector Kane confirmed.
"There is a family who lives there," he said. "Shots being fired in a situation like this is extremely high risk and of great concern to us."
It is understood as many as five shots were fired into the house over the three incidents.
Inspector Kane would not comment on the mindset of a shooter who would return to the scene of the crime twice.
But he said the man should be considered dangerous. "Anyone running around with a firearm is considered to be dangerous," he said.
The occupants of the house were unharmed and have since been moved to a safe location.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au.