Scene. Ross Irby

BREAKING: 'Modified shotgun': Police shock after Gladstone boy charged

POLICE have charged a 14-year-old boy with attempted armed robbery and possession of a shortened firearm following investigations into an alleged assault and attempted robbery of a 17-year-old man at Gladstone yesterday.

It will be alleged two males attended an address on Philip Street around 1.30pm where they threatened a 17-year-old man, before assaulting him and attempting to steal his mobile phone.

The pair allegedly fled in a vehicle empty handed.

The scene of where the alleged armed robbery and assault took place.
The scene of where the alleged armed robbery and assault took place. Ross Irby

Police will allege they located a teenage boy inside the vehicle, along with a firearm and cannabis.

Detective Sergeant Damien Smith said the firearm was a modified shotgun.

"It doesn't get much more serious than armed robbery with a firearm and we haven't come across these types of offences in Gladstone before with people of this age," he said.

"We had an idea of who (the alleged offender was) based on information supplied by the victim, which led us to identify the vehicle he was in."

A 14-year-old Gladstone boy has been charged with one count each of attempted robbery with violence, possess shortened firearm, and possess dangerous drugs.

The 17-year-old man received lacerations  to his head, believed to have been caused when he was struck with the butt of the shotgun, receiving treatment in Gladstone Base Hospital.

Police are still trying to locate a second man allegedly involved in the incident.

He is believed to be older however police are unsure what the man looks like.

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