Public safety concerns have been raised in Morningside, once considered one of the safest suburbs in Brisbane, following two shooting incidents that occurred within a span of a week last month.
The first incident took place on 20 July, when police were called to a KFC restaurant on Redfern and Wynnum Road after reports of a man wielding a firearm. A search of the suspect’s vehicle uncovered a machete, handgun, rifle and illegal drugs. Police allege the man fired a shot before fleeing the scene.
Just three days later, on 23 July, multiple shots were fired into a home on Greendale Street around 9:40 p.m. Five impact points were found on the front of the house. Seven residents were home but no injuries were reported.
Police have not alleged any connection between the two shootings, which remain under investigation. Officers are still seeking information from the public regarding the Greendale St incident.
Police urge anyone with information related to the recent shootings to contact Policelink. Information can be provided 24/7 using the online suspicious activity form at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting or by calling 131 444.
Those who wish to report crime information anonymously are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppersqld.com.au.
Prior to the recent shooting incidents, Morningside was actually considered one of Brisbane’s safest suburbs. It is part of the 4170 postcode, which also includes Cannon Hill, Norman Park and Seven Hills. From 2016 to 2019, not a single home insurance claim was lodged in 4170 for theft, vandalism or malicious damage, according to RACQ.
According to Queensland’s online crime map, Morningside saw 62 total offences between 3 July 2023 and 2 August 2023. Among these were four weapons charges, three counts of property damage, two disorderly conduct charges and 18 thefts.
For now, Morningside finds itself grappling with a new unease. Only time will tell whether the once quiet suburb can regain its standing as one of Brisbane’s most secure places to live.