A 17-year-old boy in Melbourne’s south-east is fortunate to be alive after being shot during a targeted attack on his home. The incident occurred in Endeavour Hills at around 1:20 am while the teenager was sleeping. The shots were fired through his window, causing injuries that, fortunately, were not critical.
Detective Inspector Al Hanson revealed that the offenders fired multiple shots from the road or footpath toward the residence. The boy was the only person harmed, as other family members present at the time were unscathed. The injured teenager was promptly taken to The Alfred hospital, where he is currently in stable condition.
A nearby resident who goes by the name Matt reported hearing approximately 10 to 15 bullets early in the morning. He described the experience as a storm of bullets and an intense ordeal.
Authorities suspect that the attack was targeted but that the intended victims were not the occupants of the home, including the teenager. Detective Inspector Hanson emphasized the boy’s incredible luck in surviving the incident.
Investigators are now analyzing CCTV footage that captured a vehicle circling the area shortly before the shooting took place. The footage suggests that the vehicle specifically stopped near the address and fired the shots. Thankfully, no other properties or vehicles were affected by the gunfire.
Additionally, police are exploring a possible link between the shooting and a burnt-out stolen Mitsubishi Eclipse located at a reserve in Narre Warren. The vehicle had been reported stolen in August, and there is information indicating that the burning of the car may have resulted in injury to one of the individuals involved.
Anyone with relevant information or footage from CCTV or dashcams is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit information online. The investigation is currently ongoing, and the court area has been cordoned off for further examination by the authorities.