Police charge man over shooting in Scone

A man will face court today charged over an alleged shooting in the Hunter Valley earlier this week.

Just after 4am on Tuesday (24 November 2020), a 43-year-old man presented to Scone Hospital with gunshot wounds to his leg and ankle – he remains in a stable condition in John Hunter Hospital.

Officers from Hunter Valley Police District commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding how the man sustained his injuries.

Following further inquiries, police executed a crime scene warrant at a home on Barton Street, Scone, yesterday (Wednesday 25 November 2020), where they arrested a 51-year-old man.

During the warrant, police located two firearms and a hydroponic setup. Police remain at the scene this morning (Thursday 26 November 2020).

The man was taken to Scone Police Station, where he was charged with eight offences;

  • Discharge firearm intend cause grievous bodily harm
  • Possess unregistered firearm-not prohibited firearm/pistol (x2)
  • Not keep firearm safely-not prohibited firearm/pistol (x2)
  • Cultivate prohibited plant commercial quantity-cannabis
  • Possess unauthorised firearm (x2)

He was refused bail to appear at Muswellbrook Local Court today (Thursday 26 November 2020).

Police will allege in court the 43-year-old attended the Scone property shortly before 4am on Tuesday (24 November 2020), where he spoke with the older man at the premises.

It will be further alleged the pair became involved in an altercation before the older man shot the younger man.

The younger man left the scene and drove to a nearby premises before attending Scone Hospital for treatment.

Initial investigations suggest the incident was targeted.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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