Man accused of mass shooting in rural Queensland is 59-year-old Darryl Young

Man accused of mass shooting in rural Queensland is 59-year-old Darryl Young

The man accused of murder after mass shooting in rural Queensland has been revealed to be local farmer Darryl Young.

The 59-year-old has been charged with murdering his neighbours, Mervyn Schwarz, 71, his wife Maree, 59, and her son Graham Tighe, 35.

The neighbors had a long-running dispute about boundary lines at their properties, in the rural town of Bogie, police say.

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It is alleged that Young invited his neighbors to meet him at the edge of his Shannonvale Road property on Thursday.

Young is accused of then shooting the couple, and Maree’s sons Graham and Ross Tighe, ‘execution-style’ with a rifle.

Darryl Young has been identified as the accused murderer. Credit: 7NEWS
Maree and Mervyn Schwarz. Credit: Supplied

Ross, who was shot in the stomach, miraculously survived the shooting, and managed to escape in a ute and call for help.

Ross was able to escape in a ute and call for help. Credit: 7NEWS

He remains in Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition.

Graham’s brother Ross survived and was able to flee into remote bushland with a gunshot wound to his stomach. Credit: 7NEWS

On Friday, Young was charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

He is due to appear in the Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday.

Acting Superintendent Tom Armitt said the property where the shooting allegedly took place was “tens of thousands of acres”.

“It’s actually a 45-minute drive between the neighbours,” he said.

“At the crime scene, which is at the front gate of one of the premises, it is a 3km drive between the gate and the house at that location.”

The shooting occurred at the gate of Young’s rural property. Credit: 7NEWS

Armitt said because Ross had been so far from the crime scene, and it was unclear whether the alleged gunman was still at large, police were cautious in their approach to the property.

“At that time, not knowing whether the armed offender was present or not, putting their lives in grave danger, especially when the report was that the people had been shot with a rifle,” Armitt said.

“So that was slow and meticulous work and extremely brave of the officers who were involved at that time.”

The charges come as new tragic details emerge that Graham’s partner Lucy had only recently given birth to their second child.

Graham’s partner Lucy had given birth to their second child just weeks before. Credit: 7NEWS

Graham’s uncle, Greg Austen, told 7NEWS the father had only spent a few days with the newborn before the baby was taken to Brisbane to visit Lucy’s mother.

“It’s just devastating shock that things can happen so quickly in the blink of an eye and ruin so many lives so quickly,” he said.

Lucy had been stuck in Brisbane, as she was unable to fly on commercial airlines weeks after giving birth.

On Friday, the charity Angel Flight arranged a charter for Lucy and her two young children to fly home to north Queensland.

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