Bogie shooting: Tragic twist as youngest Queensland shooting victim revealed father of newborn son

Written by Javed Iqbal

The youngest victim of a alleged triple murder was the father of a newborn boy.

Graham Tighe, 35, was one of three people allegedly fatally shot at a property in the central Queensland town of Bogie on Thursday.

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As details surrounding the circumstances of the alleged shooting continue to emerge, The courier post reports Tighe leaves behind a three-week-old son.

It says that he only managed to spend a few days with the child before his death.

Tighe, his mother Maree Schwarz, 59, and her husband Merv, 71, all died at the scene. Graham’s brother Ross survived and raised the alarm.

A 59-year-old neighbor has been arrested and charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, and will appear in court on Monday.

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

7NEWS understands police will claim the gunman invited them to meet at his property amid a dispute over a boundary line.

The 59-year-old man – who was also charged with one count of attempted murder – will appear in Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday.

The allegations come as tragic new details emerge as Graham’s partner Lucy only recently gave birth.

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

“It’s just a devastating shock that things can happen so quickly in an instant and destroy so many lives so quickly,” he said.

Maree and Mervyn Schwarz. Credit: Delivered

7NEWS understands police will allege the farming family were invited to meet their neighbor on the edge of his Bogie property, 45 minutes away.

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 neighbors,” he said.

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

Armitt said that 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 point, not knowing if the gunman was present or not, put their lives in serious danger, especially since the report was that people had been shot with a rifle,” Armitt said.

“So it was slow and careful work and extremely brave by the officers involved at the time.”

The surviving man was transported to Mackay Base Hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition. Credit: 7NEWS

Ross was initially in a critical condition, but since undergoing several emergency surgeries is now reported as serious but stable.

“He was able to speak with us overnight and give us details of what happened at the incident yesterday morning,” Armitt said.

“And detectives will speak to him again this morning.”

The community in shock

Merv and Maree are being remembered as a “lovely, hard-working” family as their loved ones try to make sense of the tragedy.

“We’re lucky we still have Ross with us,” Austen told 7NEWS.

“To see the trauma that would have unfolded in front of him and then to be able to go to such lengths to raise the alarm, that’s a mighty effort.”

Graham leaves behind two young children, with partner Lucy stuck in Brisbane, unable to fly on commercial airlines as she gave birth a few weeks ago.

7NEWS understands after a desperate effort by family and friends, a charity will put Lucy and her children on a charter plane home.

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

Whitsunday regional councilor Jan Clifford said the close-knit community would be devastated.

“As far as I know, nothing like this has ever happened in the Whitsunday region before,” Clifford said.

“We are all deeply saddened by the tragedy.”

Clifford said the incident is bound to have a big effect on the small community of Bogie, which has a population of 207 according to the latest census data.

“It’s a small village. Everyone wants to know everyone … It’s just terrible.”

A woman who works in nearby Collinsville said the entire community was in shock.

“The whole town is a bit shaken that something like this could happen here,” she told AAP.

“It’s a small town, everybody knows everybody.”

– with AAP

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