A suburban home in Melbourne's north-west became a target in a terrifying drive-by shooting. The house at Excelsior Heights in Craigieburn was hit with bullets overnight, making it the second incident of its kind within 24 hours.
Inside the property, a couple in their 50s were caught off guard as bullets pierced their home around 12.10am. Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton confirmed that while the shooting seemed targeted, the couple were not the intended victims.
"These innocent individuals, who were just in the wrong place at the wrong time, are now living in fear," stated Patton. "We're investigating whether there is any connection to previous occupants of the property. It's still early in the Craigieburn shooting investigation."
The aftermath of the attack left the house peppered with bullet holes, while shell casings were found scattered around the vicinity. A nearby witness recounted hearing at least seven gunshots and expressed shock at the incident.
"It was absolutely terrifying. We never expected something like this to happen in our peaceful neighborhood," she commented. "I was awoken by the sound of loud 'bang bang' shots. It was unnerving."
Fortunately, no injuries were reported. However, this marks the third shooting incident in Melbourne this week. Just yesterday, a 17-year-old boy was wounded in a drive-by shooting in Endeavour Hills. In addition, a family had to take refuge in a bedroom as a group opened fire on two units in Dandenong on Sunday night.
As investigations proceed, police have not yet made any arrests, and there is currently no evidence connecting the three shootings.