‘It seemed like it was a regular thing for gunshots to go off’
Police are continuing their search for an alleged gunman still on the loose after an 18-year-old was shot during a Surfers Paradise birthday party.
It's understood Hayden Miller had been celebrating his birthday on Saturday night, when he was shot in the arm, with what was believed to have been a shotgun.
Early investigations suggest Mr Miller and the alleged shooter are not known to each other, although there had been an early interaction between the two groups before the 10.45pm shooting in the Tiki Hotel.
It's believed only one shot was fired.
Mr Miller and a number of his friends were in the hotel at the time of the shooting.
The exact circumstances that led up to the shooting are still under investigation, although police sources have told the Bulletin, claims of an argument over loud music were false.
It's understood the alleged shooter fled the hotel after the incident, with emergency services descending on the hotel, including specialist police.
No arrest had been made at the time of print.
Mr Miller was rushed to Gold Coast University Hospital and was in a stable condition yesterday.
The spokesman said early investigations suggest Mr Miller did not know the person responsible for the wounding.
Mr Miller's friends took to social media yesterday expressing their support for the teenager.
"Luv you big boy, I'll come visit you whenever I'm allowed hope you get better soon," Brody Collins wrote.
Forensic police spent yesterday going through the two units and examining the balcony where the shooting occurred.
It is understood a number of residents were woken about 5am when police forced entry into the shooter's unit.
Brodi Reincastle was sitting in a park near the shooting when he heard the shot.
"I didn't hear anything before or after the shot, it just echoed through out Surfers," he said.
"No one was running or screaming. It seemed like it was regular thing that gun shots would go off randomly in Surfers."
One woman who asked to be only known as Ellie told the Bulletin she was stopped from returning to her room in the hotel.
She and her partner were told to go around the block and eventually parked down the street.
"(We were told) that there was just and argument and one guy got shot in the arm and the other guy was refusing to leave," she said.
Ellie said they were forced to wait for police to give the all clear before they came back inside.
Another woman, who declined to be named, said she had been living at the complex for about two months and this was not the first time police had been called to the resort.
She said her children woke up to a loud noise last night.
Parts of Surfers Paradise were in lockdown for several hours following the incident, with an exclusion zone set up along the Gold Coast Hwy between Thomas Dve and Beach Road.
The highway reopened at 2.55am.
The Bulletin attempted to contact the Tiki Hotel but were hung up on.
Police are appealing for anyone with information or dashcam vision from around the area to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.