EVEN by a thieving thug's standards, you can't get any lower.
Ron Jones is a frail 86-year-old Bundamba pensioner who uses a walking stick.
Yesterday he was shot in the leg after two burglars ransacked and stole from his Bundamba home in the early morning.
His attack followed a separate incident in which an 85-year-old woman was threatened with a knife during a burglary at North Ipswich in July.
Mayor Paul Pisasale has come out swinging in response, promising to do all in his power to help police catch the offenders.
"These blokes are cowards and they are going to be caught," Cr Pisasale said.
"I hope that when they go before a Magistrate that they throw the book at them."
Police said two men broke in through the rear of the man's modest timber house on Mary St, across the road from the TAFE, about 5.20am.
They damaged property inside before waking Mr Jones.
Police arrived on scene to find him with a gunshot wound to his right calf.
Queensland Ambulance Service Ipswich supervisor Jan Tooth said Mr Jones was bleeding heavily from the wound.
An angry Cr Pisasale said council was going through Safe City footage from the area near the TAFE in an effort to assist police.
"These people don't reflect what it is to live in Ipswich - they are not part of this city and they don't belong in this country," he said.
Ipswich criminal investigation branch Detective Senior Sergeant Heath McQueen said the incident amounted to a completely unprovoked attack on an elderly man.
"After ransacking the house and rummaging through drawers, they have approached him while he was asleep," Snr Sgt McQueen said.
"He was compliant with their demands, so the injuries he sustained appear to have been a cowardly act against an elderly man."
Residents said the victim was a good neighbour who often sat out on the front verandah.
Henry Walden said it was a great neighbourhood where most people got along well with one another.
"We talked over the fence a bit," Mr Walden said of the victim.
"He is a very proud man but he is also frail."
Older residents need to watch their security
Ipswich Crime Prevention Unit Senior Constable Kerrin Sheedy said older residents needed to be aware of home security.
"The one thing we find with elderly residents is that they like to open the house up when it's hot and they often don't have security screens," Snr Const Sheedy said.
"They often don't have locks or don't use whatever locks they have.
"Security screens might be something to consider.
"We also encourage residents not to just open the door to anybody who knocks.
"The older generation has an instinct to answer the door, but don't feel obligated.
"It is always worth having a view finder so that you can see who's there."
Police are appealing for anyone with information to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.