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CCTV images released as part of public place shootings investigation near Batemans Bay

Detectives have released CCTV images and are appealing for information as part of ongoing investigations into three public place shootings on the state’s south coast last year.

About 11pm on Sunday 1 December 2019, officers attended View Street, Batehaven, following reports shots had been fired into the front window of a home. No one was injured.

In a second incident, about 1am on Monday 2 December 2019, police were called to the Kings Highway, Nelligen, about 10km north west of Batemans Bay, after reports shots had been fired into a home. No one was injured.

About one hour later, in a third incident, three men were approached by another three men – armed with firearms – on the Princes Highway, just south of Batemans Bay.

One man was hit in the head with the back of a firearm following an altercation between the two groups. Three men later attended Batemans Bay Hospital before reporting the incident to police.

Detectives from South Coast Police District established Strike Force Wollumbin to investigate the incidents, which are believed to be targeted and linked.

Initial inquiries revealed one of the alleged armed men entered a service station on the Princes Highway, Batemans Bay, prior to the assault. He demanded the customers leave, before he left the area without further incident.

As inquiries continue, detectives have released CCTV images of a vehicle of interest which was seen at the service station just after 1.30am on Monday 2 December 2019.

The vehicle is depicted as a white Proton sedan.

The images also depict two men, described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in their early to mid-30s, and between 165cm and 170cm tall.

One man is shown wearing black tracksuit pants, a black hooded jumper, a black and white cap and white sneakers.

The second man is shown wearing grey tracksuit pants, a dark grey hooded jumper, a black cap and white and red sneakers.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incidents, vehicle, or the men, to come forward.

Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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