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Man arrested at Hope Island home sprayed with bullets for unrelated fraud

UPDATE: A MAN has been arrested at the same Hope Island home that was sprayed with bullets on Tuesday morning over an unrelated matter.

The 34-year-old man was brought to the Southport Watchhouse this morning and questioned in relation to an ongoing fraud investigation, Queensland Police said.

Two cars were also seized.
The man was later released from custody and it is understood he has been charged in relation to several fraud offences.
The arrest comes after the Bulletin yesterday revealed bikie-busting Taskforce Maxima was investigating after two men on a motorcycle sprayed the same northern Gold Coast house with bullets early Tuesday.

About 1.30am at least seven bullets were fired into the ­Ferretti Cres home in Hope ­Island. A man and woman were ­inside at the time but no one was hurt.

The shots went through the front door, garage and walls of the rental home, with broken glass and bullet holes clearly visible from the street hours later.

Noone has yet been charged.

Bullet holes in a house at Ferretti Crs, Hope Island. Picture: Jerad Williams

Neighbours told the Gold Coast Bulletin they heard loud bangs but didn’t dare go outside to ­investigate.

The address is known to police and was the target of a raid last month.

A Gold Coast detective said police were hunting two ­suspects seen leaving the scene on a black motorcycle.

The officer said he was unable to discuss the details of the case for “operational reasons”.

A bullet hole in the wall. Picture: Jerad Williams

“A Hope Island house was the target of a drive-by shooting offence. At this stage police are looking to identify two ­suspects who were seen arriving and leaving on a motorbike,” he said.

The officer denied the ­attack was linked to the Bandido outlaw motorcycle gang and said detectives were ­following a number of leads.

Neighbours, who were too scared to be named, said the couple had moved into the home in June and had visitors at all hours.

A local mum said she had noticed police at the house about four weeks ago.

Bullet holes in a house at Ferretti Crs, Hope Island. Picture: Jerad Williams

“You don’t see anything or hear anything here ... except a few weeks ago that same house was raided,” she said.

“I heard the police bang on the door and yell out they had a warrant ... they were there for hours.”

Another neighbour said the area was full of young families and elderly residents.

“It doesn’t surprise me that nobody went out to check what the noise was; people don’t want to get involved,” he said.

Bullet holes in the wall of a Hope Island home. Picture: Jerad Williams

A bullet hole in the garage. Picture: Jerad Williams

LNP political candidate for the Broadwater electorate, David Crisafulli, said locals were worried and with good reason. The former minister lives in the area and said his campaigning had revealed crime was a No. 1 concern for locals.

“If we continue to ­implement weak-on-crime policies and under-resource our police we will return to a ­society where everyday people living on the Coast will get caught up in turf wars,” he said.

Police have released grainy CCTV images of two men on a motorbike and are appealing for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Bullet holes in the roof of a Hope Island home. Picture: Jerad Williams