Near miss in drive-by shooting
A BULLET fired from the road outside a South Grafton home narrowly missed an elderly man as he watched television on Monday night.
The man and his wife, who only spoke to The Daily Examiner on the conditions that their identity and location be kept secret, said the attack occurred at 9.50pm.
The bullet, believed to have been fired from a large-calibre rifle, passed through the front lounge room window of the house, through a vertical blind then hit a glass cabinet on the opposite wall. It smashed the door of the cabinet, ricocheted off a side wall, smashed a mirror at the back of the cabinet and came to rest near the shattered door.
The passage of the bullet was less than a metre from the man as he sat in his favourite lounge chair watching television. Much of the room was covered in small pieces of glass
“I heard a bang and I knew it was from a gun,” he said.
“I got up and went to the front door and looked outside, but I didn’t see anything. It was dark.
“Just before the shot, I thought I heard a car engine, going taka-taka-taka, but I couldn’t be sure.”
The couple called police immediately and were shocked to hear that only one police car was available for the entire Clarence command between 6pm and 6am on the night.
“We rang triple-0 and had to answer a lot of silly questions before they put us through,” said the man’s wife.
“Then they told us the only police car in the area was in Ulmarra.”
The couple said police arrived at their home around 20 to 30 minutes later.
“They told us they were the only car on duty in the whole police area,” the man said.
The police told the couple they believed the bullet that hit their house was fired from a large-calibre weapon and was fired from the road.
Yesterday, forensic police spent the morning at the couple’s home collecting evidence for analysis.
The attack has shattered the confidence of the elderly couple, who have lived quietly in their home since moving to the area three years ago.
“Until last night we felt completely safe here,” the woman said. “My husband takes the dog for walks in the park.”
The couple said there have been some minor problems with young people in the past, but nothing like this.
“We did nothing about it and now they leave us alone,” he said.
“But this is too much. We felt we had to call police and let people know this sort of thing is happening.”
The Daily Examiner contacted Coffs Clarence Police commander Cameron Lindsay for comment on this matter yesterday and he declined to return the call.