By Josh Robertson
Multiple shots were fired into the bar and restaurant Mr Percival’s at Brisbane’s Howard Smith Wharves early on Monday morning but workers inside the business at the time were unharmed.
CCTV footage has been released of a person of interest in the arson attempt early on December 21.
The ABC understands the police investigation is examining whether people with links to the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle club are involved.
Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming said a number of people involved in confrontations with staff late last year were “known to the police”.
He said a small rubber boat found in the Norman Park reach of the Brisbane River yesterday afternoon was believed to have been involved in the shooting.
“While it remains for the investigation to confirm whether or not this is actually the vessel involved in the shooting, we’re treating it as such at the moment and it has been the subject of forensic examination,” he said.
“We know the boat was stolen just before Christmas from Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.”
Detective Superintendent Fleming said the case was of “significant concern” to police.
“While at the moment only property has been damaged, the risk to community safety is significant,” he said.
“I think it’s hard to overstate people discharging firearms into buildings, in public spaces, self-evidently carries significant risk.
Detective Superintendent Fleming said he urged anyone with information to contact police.
“We know in crimes like this that people talk,” he said.
“It’s quite feasible that someone knows who was responsible for this offence and we would encourage them to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously.
“Officers have conducted doorknocks there today and we certainly have spoken to people, but if you live in that area and you may have some information or CCTV, we’re very keen to hear from you.”