Two people including a 15-year-old boy have been treated for suspected gunshot wounds following unrest in a remote Top End community, according to NT Police.
- Police suspect a 15-year-old boy and 21-year-old man have suffered gunshot wounds in Peppimenarti
- The 15-year-old, who was found “bleeding from a shoulder wound”, has been flown to Darwin
- Extra officers from the Territory Response Group (TRG) have been sent to the community
Extra officers have been sent to the community of Peppimentari, which is near Wadeye and about 320 kilometres south-west of Darwin.
Police said local officers had responded to multiple reports of “disturbances, armed persons and incidents of dangerous driving” in the community late yesterday.
“Upon arrival police discovered a 15-year-old youth who was bleeding from a shoulder wound,” a statement issued on Thursday read.
“A second suspected firearm victim, a 21-year-old male, was later discovered with a minor elbow injury.”
They said both victims were treated at remote community health clinics.
The 15-year-old has since been flown to Darwin for treatment, while the 21-year-old has been discharged.
Officers from the Territory Response Group (TRG) tactical unit, detectives and forensic officers have arrived in the community, police said.
Latest violence follows 18-year-old’s death in September
The reported incident comes months after the death of an 18-year-old man during violence in the community.
The teenager died after being struck by an arrow in September.
His family members later told the ABC the ongoing unrest had driven families from their homes, prevented children from attending school and frightened workers away.
They said the community did not have adequate police to address ongoing violence and in December launched human rights legal action over the situation.
The community was also hit by flooding from Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie earlier this month, when people had already been living in tents since 2020.