A man shot and wounded in the head in NSW's north had just
come from a beach where his girlfriend's father had drowned,
Police are hunting the gunman, but say the drowning and the
shooting at Mullaway Bay yesterday are not linked, and are
just a "horrible coincidence".
Following reports of shots being fired, police and ambulance
officers found a 32-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the
right side of his head about 5.30pm (AEDT).
He is in Coffs Harbour Hospital in a stable condition.
Police said today they were investigating reports the
offender followed the victim and his family home from a local
beach where a 57-year-old man drowned yesterday.
The drowned man was the father of the shooting victim's
girlfriend and the shooting happened outside the dead man's
home, a police spokeswoman told AAP.
"From an investigative point of view there's absolutely no
link, it's just a horrible coincidence ... but there is that
family connection," she said.
Early investigations suggest the shooting was the result of a
personal relationship and an argument that broke out at the
beach, police said.
They have urged anyone with information to call Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000.