Man shot in the eye


TWO men were last night being interviewed by police in relation to a man being shot in the eye while he driving near Cudgen.

The injured driver, a Southport man aged 24, was driving between 6pm and 6.45pm on Tuesday when the shot was fired from an air rifle.

He temporarily lost control of his camper van before his passenger took over the steering wheel and the pair were able to pull over safely.

Friends of the man drove him to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment and he was later released, although police said yesterday that he still needed to see a specialist for further treatment.

Tweed/Byron duty officer Inspector Ross Wilkinson last night confirmed two men were assisting police with their enquiries into the shooting, although no charges had been laid.

Police said there was no reason to believe the man had been specifically targeted, but rather had been the victim of a random attack.

"It seems a case of wrong place, wrong time," a policewoman said.

They also issued an appeal for information from anyone in the area at the same time who may have also been shot at.

Witnesses saw a white Toyota Camry in the area about the time of the shooting.

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