Teen charged, firearms seized after investigation into public place shooting at Bourke

A teenage boy has been charged and investigations continue into a public place shooting in the state’s north-west on New Year’s Day.

About 5.30am on Friday 1 January 2021, officers received reports a firearm had been fired multiple times during an argument on Culgoa Street, Bourke.

Police were told a group of people had congregated on the street during the altercation before a man produced the shortened rifle and fired several rounds of ammunition into the air.

The group fled the scene prior to police arrival.

Officers from Central North Police District established Strike Force Glynburn to investigate the incident.

Shortly before 8am yesterday (Thursday 6 May 2021), police executed a search warrant at a home on Richard Street, Bourke.

Officers located and seized four firearms, ammunition, slingshots, a dagger and a machete.

Police will allege one of the firearms seized was involved in the public place shooting at Bourke on Friday 1 January 2021, however; the man who allegedly fired the firearm has not yet been identified by police.

Following further inquiries, a 17-year-old boy was arrested at Bourke Police Station about 8.45am today (Friday 7 May 2021).

He was charged with possess unauthorised firearm, and possess ammunition without holding licence/ permit/ authority.

The teen was granted conditional bail to appear before a children’s court on Monday 17 May 2021.

As investigations continue, police wish to speak with a man who may be able to assist police with inquiries.

The man has been described as of an Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander appearance, approximately 20-30 years old, approximately 160-170cm tall, of a heavy build with medium-length hair.

Anyone with information about this incident, including mobile phone footage from the area at the time of the incident, is urged to contact Bourke Police Station (02) 6870 0899 or Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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