A $350,000 bounty is on offer to help detectives solve a 2017 shooting where a woman was almost killed at her property in Melbourne’s north.
A $350,000 bounty is on offer to help detectives solve a 2017 shooting where a woman was almost killed at her property in Melbourne's north.
Leonie Stuart, aged 52 at the time, was shot in the chest through her security door after she went to investigate a noise at the front of her Hubert Avenue home in Glenroy about 11.50pm on March 2 in 2017.
The front door was open, but the security door remained closed.
She was taken to hospital with life threatening injuries and required significant medical treatment.
Ms Stuart said since the shooting her health had "deteriorated".
"I find it uncomfortable to wear some clothing and I live in constant pain," she said in a statement.
"The physical and mental aspect has been quiet taxing and I am constantly reminded of this incident every day of my life. If anyone has any information, please come forward. My family and I would like some closure."
Detective Acting Inspector Paul Lloyd of the Armed Crime Squad said he hoped the reward would lead to a breakthrough in the case.
"For the past three years we've been unable to give the victim answers as to who was responsible for the shooting and why," Det. Insp. Lloyd said.
"Clearly there will be someone out there who knows something and hopefully the reward gives them the motivation to finally come forward.
"There have been a number of theories over the years, but no one has been able to give us a definitive answer.
Ms Stuart said she thought the attack was motivated by revenge, after she testified against her son Rodney Phillips in court.
Phillips, 25, pleaded guilty in 2017 to opening fire at two police officers, and failed arson attacks on the homes of Roberta and George Williams - the parents of gangland killer, Carl Williams.
Investigators were told a dark grey 4WD was seen leaving the scene of the shooting south along Hubert Avenue towards Hilton Street.
Police are still trying to identify the vehicle.
A person also later contacted police with information about a motorcycle which was seen in the area shortly before the shooting.
In August 2017, investigators appealed for the caller to contact them again however they are yet to speak to them.
"We know relationships change over time and we are hopeful someone out there knows who is responsible for this shooting and why it happened, and we urge that person/s to come forward and provide us with the information we need to solve this crime," Det. Insp. Lloyd said.
"As always, this information can be provided to police anonymously.
"It's really only a matter of pure luck this woman did not die as a result of the shooting – her injuries were significant and have had a lasting effect on her life.
"No one deserves this and we're hoping today's appeal brings us closer to getting answers and also identifying a violent offender or offenders who are still out in our community."
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/police-offer-350k-bounty-solve-cold-case-shooting-melbourne/9408f213-4858-43ff-a450-7504570bd033