South Lismore teen shot and nobody hears a thing
Police said the shooting apparently occurred about 10pm on Sunday in Johnston Street, Casino, about 50 metres east of Clarke Street.
However, residents living near the location yesterday told The Star they didn't hear a thing.
Casino's Glen-Villa Resort manager Ron Dickson said he was awake in his room less than 100 metres from the site at the time of the shooting.
"I didn't hear a thing and I would have heard it if the shot went off across the road," he said. "None of our residents heard a shot either."
Detective Sergeant Shane Diehm was at the scene about 11.30am yesterday, but said detectives working on the case had found nothing to help their investigation.
Police confirmed they had not been called to the scene of the shooting on Sunday night.
Instead, a resident said he believed the 18-year-old's mother picked up the injured youth from Johnston Street and took him to Casino Hospital.
Police confirmed a woman had taken the young man to Casino Hospital and that he was transferred to Lismore Base Hospital for further treatment a short time later.
Crime prevention officer Snr Const Michael Hogan said the type of weapon used in the incident would be revealed after tests were carried out on the bullet, which was removed from the teen's abdomen by surgeons.
The manager of Casino Supafresh, Arthur Ambrose, said he had been surprised to see a group of detectives outside his Johnston Street shop yesterday morning.
"We have had trouble here before, but it's never been this bad," he said.
Mr Amborse said this was the first time he had heard of a man being shot in Casino since he began managing the store four years ago.
He hoped it wasn't the start of things to come because Casino 'isn't really a bad town'.
Police crime manager Detective Inspector Steve Clarke said the nature of the incident was of concern, considering 'there hadn't been a lot of shootings in the area'.
Snr Const Michael Hogan urged anyone with information about the incident to call their local police station.
"We have a few leads that we are following and we are open to all possibilities," he said.
"But anyone who saw anything unusual that night, arguing on the street or even cars driving away at speed from the site, should call."
While this was the region's first shooting for several years, it wasn't the first time guns had been drawn in Casino.
In July, a man armed with a gun threatened staff and customers at the Southern Cross Credit Union in Casino.
Anyone with information about the shooting should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.