Jorge Branoo

A man fighting for life in hospital had been chased by police before being shot on the footpath outside a Townsville service station, the station operator says.

Police shot the man, believed to be in his 30s, about 4.20am outside United Petroleum in Hermit Park.

Paramedics said he was rushed to Townsville Hospital in a serious condition with gunshot wounds to his stomach and right leg but police confirmed he had been critical since at least 7am.

United Petroleum chief operating officer David Szymczak said the shooting was unrelated to the service station.

“Police were chasing someone,” he said.

“They were shot on the footpath or on the road out the front of the service station.”

A police investigation of the incident will be overseen by Ethical Standards Command.

Mr Szymczak said his company would cooperate with police in any way possible but he didn’t think CCTV cameras would have captured anything happening on the footpath.

Police were unable to confirm reports five shots had been heard in the early hours of the morning, near the Charters Towers Road address.

Bernadette Ede, who works at a nearby business, said she’d never heard about any crime at the service station previously and the incident was concerning.

She said the centre had only reopened in the past month after extensive renovations lasting roughly half a year.

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Police have shot a man in the stomach and leg at a Townsville service station.

The man, aged in his 30s, is in a serious condition after the drama unfolded at United Petroleum in Hermit Park about 4am on Monday.

Police said officers were called to an incident at the Charters Towers Road service station, but could not provide further details. A crime scene was established and a section of the road closed off.

The ambulance service said the man was shot in the abdomen and the right leg.

He was taken to the Townsville hospital in a serious condition.

Bernadette Ede, who works at a nearby business, said she’d never heard about any crime at the service station previously and the incident was concerning.

She said the centre had only reopened in the past month after extensive renovations lasting roughly half a year.

In a statement, police said Ethical Standards Command would oversee an investigation into the shooting.

Late Sunday, two men used a machete and a knife to hold up a Townsville convenience store, smashing the counter with the machete before demanding money and fleeing about 11.20pm.

Police said there was nothing so far to suggest any link to the shooting.

Extracted in full from Beaudesert Times.

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