Homicide in South Mackay, QLD

Police have charged a man following the death of a woman and the serious injury of a man in South Mackay yesterday, June 19.

It will be alleged a 34-year-old South Mackay woman was sitting in a vehicle parked outside a Robb Place residence when she was approached by the 31-year-old South Mackay man, who was armed with a firearm.

He allegedly shot the woman, who sustained critical injuries and died at the scene.

It is understood the pair were not known to each other, however resided on the same street.

Two children who were inside the vehicle at the time, fled the scene on foot and were not physically harmed.

It will be further alleged a nearby resident, a 66-year-old man, approached the man a short time later and was also shot.

He sustained non-life-threatening wounds to the hand and sternum.

He was transported to Mackay Base Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The 31-year-old man then left the scene in a silver Mitsubishi Triton prior to police arrival.

At approximately 5.20pm, police made an emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) encompassing Robb Place, Paradise Street, Archibald Street, Kindermar Street and Denton Street.

Police later tracked the Mitsubishi Triton to a service station along the Bruce Highway near Hilton Street, where the 31-year-old man was taken into custody without incident.

The PSPA was revoked at approximately 10.30pm and there is no ongoing threat to the public.

The 31-year-old South Mackay man has been charged with one count each of murder and attempted murder and is due to appear before the Mackay Magistrates Court today, June 20.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

Report crime information anonymously via Crime Stoppers. Call 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.

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