Drunken man's drive-by shooting

A MAN accused of being drunk when he fired a gun shot that narrowly missed a Casino pedestrian was arrested Tuesday morning.

At 12.20am, a 40-year-old man was walking along the Bruxner Hwy, one kilometre south of the Centre St intersection, towards the Casino CBD when he heard three gun shots.

Police said the shots were allegedly fired from a black Toyota Hilux travelling west along the highway.

The pedestrian told police he heard one gun shot behind him and another one when the vehicle drove by him.

He heard the final shot "off in the distance", Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore said.

"He heard three gun shots and contacted 000."

Det Insp Moore said there was no link between the man and the alleged shooter.

"There is some evidence they shot in the direction of a pedestrian, however there is no link between the pedestrian and those in the car," he said.

Casino police intercepted the Toyota Hilux at a petrol station in Centre St not long after.

Police searched the car and allegedly found a shotgun, pistol and a silencer.

Det Insp Moore said they also found live and spent ammunition.

A 20-year-old woman and a 23-year-old, 30-year-old and 24-year-old man were arrested and taken to Casino Police Station.

The 24-year-old man was charged with a number of firearm offences, including fire a firearm in a manner likely to injure a person and handle or use a firearm under the influence of alcohol.

The other two men and woman were charged with concealing a serious indictable offence.

All four were granted conditional bail to appear in Casino Local Court on Wednesday, December 21.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have been driving along the Bruxner Hwy at Casino at 12.30am yesterday to contact Casino detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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