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Man charged over nail gun shooting - Somersby

Monday, 09 January 2023 11:52:53 PM

A man has been charged after two men were allegedly shot with a nail gun in separate incidents while driving on the state’s Central Coast.

About 4.10pm on Monday 9 January 2023, police responded to reports of two men being allegedly shot with a nail gun as they were driving northbound on the M1 Motorway, between Somersby and Ourimbah.

Police were told a passenger in a white Mitsubishi truck, which was travelling northbound in Lane 3 of the M1, in the vicinity of Somersby, allegedly fired nails from a nail gun towards the drivers of other vehicles.

A 57-year-old man, who was driving a white Mitsubishi sedan with the window down, reported to police that he was shot in the right arm with a nail projectile, as a white Mitsubishi truck passed him.

A short time later, a 52-year-old man, who was driving a grey Toyota RAV 4 in the vicinity of Ourimbah, reported to police he felt something impact the top of his head, which caused him to briefly lose control of his vehicle. He saw a male passenger in a white Mitsubishi truck leaning out of the truck and allegedly fired further projectiles towards his vehicle, causing the passenger’s side window to shatter.

About 4.30pm, after receiving information that the white Mitsubishi truck was continuing to travel north on the M1, police attended the Sparks Road commuter car park and located the vehicle.

As police were speaking with the occupants of the truck, a 19-year-old man began running north across Sparks Road and climbing over a wire fence. Police pursued the man on foot before arresting him a short time later. Police utilised capsicum spray during the arrest.

The 19-year-old man was taken to Wyong Police Station where he was charged with armed with intent to commit an indictable offence (two counts), assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company (two counts), malicious damage (two counts) and an outstanding warrant.

He was refused bail and will appear before Wyong Local Court on Tuesday 10 January 2023.

Inquiries continue.

Anyone with information about the incident, or any available dashcam footage, is urged to contact either Tuggerah Lakes Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.