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Daughters' plea to catch thugs who shot 87-year-old father

IPSWICH police are closing in on two callous thugs who shot an elderly man during a violent home invasion at Bundamba last week.

Former railway worker Ron Jones, 87, was awoken last Friday after two thieves broke in through the rear of his Mary St home about 5.20am.

The men threatened Mr Jones while he lay in bed before shooting him in the calf when he refused to tell them where they could find money.

Both men fled on foot but police believe a getaway vehicle was parked nearby.

His family made an emotional plea on Tuesday urging anyone in the community who had information about the incident to contact police.

His daughter Dianne Davis said police needed the community's help to catch the callous thugs.

Ron Jones's daughters speaking to media at Yamanto Police Station. Pictured is (front L-R) Lyn Mant and Dianne Davis. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times
Ron Jones's daughters speaking to media at Yamanto Police Station. Pictured is (front L-R) Lyn Mant and Dianne Davis. Photo Inga Williams / The Queensland Times Inga Williams

"They did not need to shoot Dad... he could not have chased them," she said. "How would you feel if it was your father or grandfather.

"It has really shocked our whole family but we are coping the best way we can."

Detective Senior Sergeant Heath McQueen said police had identified persons of interest after receiving information from the public and reviewing CCTV footage from the area.

He said it was only a matter of time before the thugs were behind bars. 

"It was a callous and cowardly act," he said. "It takes a fairly desperate people to commit this sort of crime.

"There is no doubt others living in the community know what happened and we are urging those people to contact CrimeStoppers."

Mr Jones remains in a serious condition in Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

 

Topics:  bundamba, editors picks, ipswich, ron jones, shooting




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