A gunman is reportedly on the loose and a man is fighting for his after four people were injured in a shooting in rural North Queensland.
Emergency crews were called to a property in Bogie – a small outback mining town in the Whitsundays near Collinsville – at 8.45am on Thursday morning.
Police are still at the scene and have urged members of the public to avoid the area as the incident is still unfolding.
An emergency declaration was made at 11.30am under the Public Safety Preservation Act with boundaries encompassing Sutherland Road, Normanby Road, Mount Compton Road and Starvation Creek.
“One male has been located some distance from the property and is currently being treated for a gunshot wound,” Queensland Police said.
“Police are currently conducting emergency operations in the area and requesting members of the public and aircraft to not attend the location.”
Queensland Ambulance Services confirmed a male patient in his 30s was airlifted to Mackay Hospital in a critical condition for a gunshot wound to his abdomen.
Opal Ridge Motel staff member Elly Colls told The Guardian she was alerted to the incident at 11am.
She said when she received the call from another local she thought she should lock up her house as she didn’t think they had found the shooter.
It is understood the shooting happened at a remote location and there are issues getting there.
Bogie’s population was 207 people, according to the latest census data.
Queensland Ambulance Service reportedly sent eight crews to the scene.
In a now deleted tweet, RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter said it was “responding to reports of four people injured in an alleged shooting west of Collinsville”.
A RACQ Central Queensland spokesperson told the ABC earlier they understood the shooter was still at large.
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