Murder charges after double shooting

A man has been arrested 80km from where he allegedly shot dead two men north of Brisbane and police say the reason is a mystery.

Police have yet to determine what caused a man to allegedly kill two men he knew in a shooting north of Brisbane on Saturday night.

A 24-year-old Caboolture man has been charged with two counts of murder and a weapons offence after police were called to an address in Lower King St, Caboolture at 5.17pm and arrived to find two men, 23 and 37, suffering from gunshot wounds.

They were both taken to Caboolture Hospital where they were pronounced deceased, while police immediately set up a crime scene at the apartment complex.

Detective Superintendent Ben Fadian described the scene as “quite chaotic”.

Police say all three men knew each other, and that the alleged offender lived at the home, but the reason as to why the two other men were there remains under investigation.

Witnesses told police a man had fled the area shortly after in a Toyota Yaris.

Police spent almost two hours searching for the accused gunman throughout Brisbane, before arresting the 24-year-old Caboolture man at a service station at Cornubia, more than 80km from the crime scene, about 9pm.

His car, as well as a firearm, were seized for forensic examination.

The 24-year-old was charged with two counts of murder, possess shortened firearm, unlawful possession of weapons category A, B or M, and authority required to possess explosives.

He will appear in the Caboolture Magistrates Court on Monday.

Superintendent Fadian told reporters on Sunday a motive was “still being established for the incident.”

“It appears the three men involved were known to each other … This was not a random incident,” he said.

“The community should not feel concerned about their own safety as a result of this.

“This is not a common occurrence in Queensland.”

Superintendent Fadian said investigators could possibly lay further charges relating to the double-homicide, and police were seeking to establish whether anyone else was involved.

The two men who died were both from Burpengary, he said.

Police are appealing for any witnesses in the King St area on Saturday between 4.30pm and 5.30pm who might have seen something, or have dashcam footage, to contact Crime Stoppers.

The investigation is ongoing.

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