Husband and wife, son, identified as Queensland shooting victims

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The three people who were shot dead on a rural North Queensland property on Thursday and the survivor have been identified.

At around 9am on Thursday morning, police were notified of reports of multiple people being shot at a remote property in Bogie.

Three people were later confirmed dead while one man survived the violent incident and remains in a serious but stable condition having sustained a single gunshot wound to the stomach.

Mervyn and Maree Schwarz, a married couple in their 70s and her son Graham Tighe died from their injuries, the Mackay Daily Mercury reported.

Maree and Mervyn Schwarz were killed on a property in Bogie on Thursday. Source: Mackay Daily Mercury
Maree and Mervyn Schwarz were killed on a property in Bogie on Thursday. Source: Mackay Daily Mercury

Ms Schwarz's other son, Ross Tighe, was the sole survivor.

On Friday morning, the person who is believed to have killed Mr and Ms Schwarz and Mr Tighe was taken into custody.

The alleged gunman is one of three people currently being held by police. No charges have been laid.

There have been reports the shooting followed a dispute with neighbours over boundary lines on the Bogie property.

"What we do know is that all parties are neighbours, some conversation has occurred between the parties and resulted in a meeting up at the parties’ boundary line earlier that morning when the incident occurred," Inspector Tom Armitt said.

Tight-knit community rattled

On Thursday night, Queensland Police confirmed five people were being spoken to by detectives in relation to the shooting.

Police said there is no ongoing danger to the public after locals were urged to avoid the area earlier on Thursday.

Earlier, with a suspected gunman on the loose, one employee at the local petrol station admitted being scared to work the evening shift by herself on Thursday.

"I'm a bit worried now," she told AAP.

"We heard something was going on, but three people killed? That's scary - it's not that far away."

Maree Schwarz's son was the sole survivor of the tragedy. Source: 9News
Maree Schwarz's son was the sole survivor of the tragedy. Source: 9News

The town of Bogie is home to 207 people according to the most recent census and Whitsunday Regional Councillor Jan Clifford said the tight-knit community would be devastated.

Like many rural Aussie towns, "everyone will know everyone", Cr Clifford said.

One woman working in nearby Collinsville said the entire community was in shock.

"The whole town is a bit rattled that something like that could happen here," she told AAP.

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