ESCAPED: A man, believed to be the victim, leaves a Casuarina residence yesterday afternoon. He smashed his way through a glass
ESCAPED: A man, believed to be the victim, leaves a Casuarina residence yesterday afternoon. He smashed his way through a glass

Man flees gun drama

By Brian Sutton

A MAN had to break through a glass door and flee for his life yesterday after being confronted at his house by two men with a handgun.

The man, believed to be a 33-year-old, was home alone at his Cotton Beach house at Casuarina at approximately 1.40pm yesterday when the incident occurred.

Tweed/Byron LAC duty officer Inspector Ross Wilkinson, who attended the scene, said it was not known whether the two armed men were known to the victim.

"Two men turned up at the house at Cotton Beach and tried to force their way into the house," he said.

"The male occupant told us he saw one of them had a handgun. He then fled the house through a glass door."

Police said as the man ran for his life through the glass door he smashed it, receiving a number of lacerations to his upper body and feet.

One construction worker reported to police that he'd had seen a 'stocky bloke with brown hair' with a number of cuts to his arm run towards the building site at approximately 1.40pm.

Another worker said he believed the injured male was taken to the first aid shed at the site before being taken to hospital by ambulance for medical treatment.

Neighbours of the victim said they hadn't seen or heard anything at the time of the incident.

Another neighbour said they were worried for the safety of their young children after hearing a gunman was loose in the area.

Insp Wilkinson said police were searching for two men, one a 40-year-old of solid build with a beard, wearing a grey t-shirt with the word 'chopper' on the front of it. The other man is in his 40s, approximately 185cm tall described as having a swimmer's build.

The North Coast Area Health Service confirmed a man had been taken to the Tweed Hospital and was in a satisfactory condition.



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