A Mother’s Day celebration ended in tragedy for one family in New South Wales when two men, believed to be step-brothers, were rushed to hospital after being involved in a domestic dispute.
The men, aged 28 and 35, were reportedly enjoying some family time when an altercation broke out in front of the mother, The Daily Telegraph reports. According to the publication the argument began shortly after the older man arrived at the property.
It is alleged that the argument became violent after the 28-year-old grabbed a rifle from inside and shot his stepbrother in the chest before fleeing the scene and turning the weapon on himself, shooting himself in the head.
NSW Police were called to the scene at around midday on Sunday after the incident took place.
“An investigation is underway following a domestic-related shooting in the state’s Hunter region today,” the police wrote in a statement. “About midday emergency services were called to Bingleburra Road, Bingleburra, following reports two men had been shot. Police have been told two men – aged 35 and 28 – were involved in an altercation, where the older man sustained a gunshot wound to the chest.
“The younger man fled the property and was located nearby, suffering a gunshot wound to the head, which is believed to be self-inflicted.”
Both men were treated at the scene by paramedics before being airlifted to the John Hunter Hospital in New Lambton Heights. According to police the 28-year-old was in a critical condition, while the older man was in a serious but stable condition.
According to The Daily Telegraph the 28-year-old is thought to have resided at the property with family, including his stepmother. While the older man had reportedly travelled to the small township from Tanilba Bay for the special occasion.
“Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District attended the property and established a crime scene, which will be examined by specialist forensic officers,” NSW Police confirmed.
Investigations into the incident are ongoing.