WHAT WE KNOW

  • Two women aged 50 and 68 killed in "domestic-related shooting" at Fraser Coast. 
  • The women's deaths are being treated as suspicious
  • A 79-year-old man has died at the Hervey Bay Hospital
  • The man's death is being treated as non-suspicious.
  • Police have seized a gun from the Booral property
  • Police confirm victims were man's wife and daughter

UPDATE 5.30PM: FOLLOWING the horrific deaths of three family members after a domestic shooting in Booral on Thursday, the two dogs believed to have belonged to the family remain in the Fraser Coast Regional Council's care.

The scene of a triple shooting at a house on River Heads Rd at Booral.
The scene of a triple shooting at a house on River Heads Rd at Booral. Alistair Brightman

Acting Council CEO Peter Smith said the two dogs would remain in the council's care until police could determine who was now responsible for the dogs.

"Following yesterday's tragic incident in Booral, the two dogs that belonged to the Frescura family are being held temporarily at Council's pound for the police," Mr Smith said.

The scene of a triple shooting at a house on River Heads Rd at Booral.
The scene of a triple shooting at a house on River Heads Rd at Booral. Alistair Brightman

"Council has not impounded the dogs but is assisting police, who have jurisdiction over the matter.

"The dogs will continue to be held and cared for until they can be released to an approved next of kin verified by the police."

UPDATE 11.30AM: THE Fraser Coast community is in mourning for the family who died in a tragic domestic shooting in Booral on Thursday.

Bouquets of flowers and messages of love have been left at the house on River Heads Rd where three members of one family died in a double-murder-suicide.

GRIEF: Flowers and messages of love left for the three victims at the scene of a domestic shooting on River Heads Rd, Booral.
GRIEF: Flowers and messages of love left for the three victims at the scene of a domestic shooting on River Heads Rd, Booral. Eliza Wheeler

Police remain at the scene of the house as investigations continue into the horrific incident.

Yesterday, police reported that the deaths of the mother, 68, and daughter, 50, were being treated as suspicious, while the death of the father, 79, is being treated as non-suspicious.

In a statement to the Chronicle, President of Booral Community Association Bob Grosser said the association would help support anyone in the area who felt they needed counselling.

IN MEMORY: A member of the public asks a police officer to add his bouquet of flowers to the others at the scene of a fatal shooting in Booral.
IN MEMORY: A member of the public asks a police officer to add his bouquet of flowers to the others at the scene of a fatal shooting in Booral. Eliza Wheeler

"The members of the Booral Community Association are saddened that a family in our community has died under tragic circumstances," Mr Grosser said.

"It is sad that we were unaware of  their family situation.

"Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the deceased.

"If anyone in the neighbourhood feels they require counselling, they are welcome to contact us for a referral to the relevant department."

The association cancelled their regular meeting on Thursday in light of the shooting.

TRIBUTE: Police officer zip-ties another bouquet of flowers to the fence of a house in Booral, where three people died in a domestic shooting on Thursday.
TRIBUTE: Police officer zip-ties another bouquet of flowers to the fence of a house in Booral, where three people died in a domestic shooting on Thursday. Eliza Wheeler

UPDATE: A FAMILY friend of the Frescuras who were found dead in their Booral home about 7am has spoken out saying she believes John acted out desperation. 

Gwenda Knapp, 76, said John and Janice Frescura were both suffering fro chronic illnesses and she believes the shooting was an act of "mercy." 

"I don't want him (John) classed as a murderer, you don't realise until it hits close to home," Ms Knapp said. 

She said she last saw the family about two months ago when she went to visit. 

"I arrived and Janice's sister was outside she said John was out but I should come in," Ms Knapp said. 

"When I went inside I saw Janice and she was on an oxygen tank and said she had lung cancer - we were all sitting around the kitchen table.

"Robyn (the couple's daughter) was there clinging to my arm - she remembered me but she couldn't talk."

Ms Knapp said she felt compelled to speak out and say what she believed happened, 

"I feel it's a blessing that they're all gone and they're not suffering," she said. 

"Perhaps they're all out of their misery aren't they."

John, Janice and Robyn Frescuras died in their Booral home last week in a shooting. The stressful situation they were in prior to their deaths, has been speculated to have caused the tragic event.
John, Janice and Robyn Frescuras died in their Booral home last week in a shooting. The stressful situation they were in prior to their deaths, has been speculated to have caused the tragic event. Digitally Altered


EARLIER: BOORAL couple John and Janice Frescura and their daughter Robyn are the family at the centre of an apparent murder-suicide that claimed the lives of the two women in Booral on Thursday morning.

The Chronicle can confirm Mr Frescura was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital after the shooting and was set to be transferred to a hospital in Brisbane by rescue helicopter before dying of his injuries.

A firearm was found at the River Heads Rd property where the family lived.

Police are currently conducting a forensic examination of the property.

The Chronicle interviewed Mr Frescura two years ago when his daughter Robyn was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital after she suffered seizures and went into shock.

 

 

EARLIER:

POLICE have confirmed three adults from the same family are dead in what they are investigating as a double-murder-suicide this morning on River Heads Rd in Booral. 

Initial reports said the shootings happened about 6.30am with one of the women dying at the scene and the other after she was rushed to Hervey Bay Hospital in a critical condition. 

The man, 79, was also rushed to the hospital in a critical condition but later died. 

The daughter was 50 and the mother 68. 

Emergency services were called around 6.45 from someone in the house.

Police believe it was only the three victims in the house at the time.

"It's a shocking tragedy for the community and the emergency service respondents and the family and friends." Detective Acting Inspector Davie Briese said. 

RACQ Lifeflight Rescue helicopter landed at the scene between 7.15am and 7.30am to deliver critical care doctors, a nurse and a flight paramedic.

 

EARLIER 9.40AM:

BOORAL Community Association former president Derek Lawton was stunned by the triple shooting.

Mr Lawton said he had lived in the area for nine years and 'nothing ever happened'.

He said Booral was a haven for people, including retirees, who wanted to 'get away from it all'.

"This is the quietest place that you could live,'' he said.

"It's where you come to leave everything behind.

"There is no noise except for the sound of a lawn mower and the birds.''

"Basically nothing happens here.''

"It's just a lovely area.''

But with no public transport, he said anyone suffering from mental health issues would also have very little access to services such as counselling.

He said because it was mainly acreage, many people would only know their closest neighbours.

"A lot of people out here live very private lives,'' he said.

EARLIER 9.04AM

TWO women are dead and one man is in a critical condition after a horror "domestic-related" shooting on Queensland's Fraser Coast.

The women were aged 50 and 68.

A 79-year-old man remains in critical condition.

A rescue helicopter is now on the way to Hervey Bay Hospital to transfer him.

 

 

 

MORE: Booral triple shooting shock to peaceful community

 

Police are on the scene of a domestic shooting in Booral.
Police are on the scene of a domestic shooting in Booral. Eliza Wheeler

 

Police are reporting that no others were involved and that a firearm was found at the River Heads Rd property.

Seven News is reporting the incident may have been a murder-suicide attempt.

Police have now launched a forensic examination of the property.
 

More to come...

Police are on the scene of a domestic shooting in River Heads.
Police are on the scene of a domestic shooting in River Heads. Eliza Wheeler

 

EARLIER:

THREE people are in a critical condition following a "domestic-related shooting" in the Fraser Coast suburb of Booral.

Nine News is reporting unconfirmed reports that a 79-year-old man has phoned police to say he had shot his wife and two children.

Queensland Police have confirmed that three people are in a critical condition, and at least two of those have been rushed to Hervey Bay Hospital.

The ages, sex of those affected was also not released.

Queensland Police Service earlier confirmed officers are responding to a call after reports a firearm was discharged on River Heads Rd in Booral.

Police took the calls around 6.40am and are yet to confirm the reports.

A police spokesman said there was no further information.

 



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