Woman opens door to find best mate shot in the stomach
A PIALBA woman has described the horrifying moment she opened her front door to find one of her best mates pleading for help after he was allegedly shot in the stomach.
Christina Gamble said she helped her friend Robbie Fletcher to her couch where he laid down before she called for an ambulance to give him assistance.
She said he had been shot in the abdomen, just to the left of his naval.
The alleged shooting happened about 6.40pm on Monday night, just a few streets from Ms Gamble's home in Beach Rd.
Ms Gamble said Mr Fletcher got in his car after the shooting and drove straight to her home.
"He drove to the first, safest house that he could he could get help," she said.
"He is like family to me."
Ms Gamble said the 30-year-old gunshot victim looked at her when he walked through the door and simply said: "I have been shot".
"I said, 'What, what, what'," Ms Gamble said.
Ms Gamble was in state of disbelief that such a violent incident could happen near her street to one of her closest friends.
"I was in shock," she said.
"I think I'm still in shock."
Adding to Ms Gamble's trauma was a long, sleepless night.
Recovering from a broken leg after she fell off a bicycle, Ms Gamble was unable to return to her home on Monday night because it had been declared a crime scene.
That meant she was without accommodation and was dependent on friends to assist her as she couldn't even return for a change of clothes or some toiletries.
She said it was disappointing there weren't procedures in place for those whose homes became crime scenes through no fault of their own.
A police spokesman said he was unable to offer comment except to say a man had been shot and it was necessary for police to declare the home a crime scene.
On Monday night, Ms Gamble and several others gave statements to police, relaying what they knew about the incident.
Ms Gamble said because she had been unable to charge her phone, she had no idea about the current condition of her friend.