Wahroonga shooting occurred as father went to confront son-in-law

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An elderly man went to talk to his daughter’s ex-husband about his treatment of her when an argument escalated and the younger of the pair was shot.

Mirko Uskovic, 51, was confronted by his father-in-law Bill Murrell, 74, in the front of his home at Wahroonga, in Sydney’s northern suburbs, just after 10am on Thursday.

Uskovic is in the middle of a separation from Murrell’s daughter Danielle, with whom he has four daughters. 

Friends of the pair told Daily Mail Australia that Mrs Uskovic – a once high-flying and prominent businesswoman – is suffering from a terminal illness and the marriage had deteriorated in recent months.

‘She is so lovely, she’s really sick and it’s just heartbreaking to see,’ the friend said.

‘They are the nicest family and the last people you would expect this to happen to.’ 

When Murrell arrived at his son-in-law’s home on Highlands Avenue tensions quickly escalated and a shot was fired, with neighbours reporting a ‘big bang’ to Triple Zero. 

Bill Murrell (right) went to his ex-son-in-law’s house on Thursday morning and tensions quickly escalated, resulting in gunshots being fired and him under arrest (He is pictured alongside his wife Donna)

Police carry a brown paper evidence bag containing a large rifle from a home near Wahroonga on Thursday afternoon

Police carry a brown paper evidence bag containing a large rifle from a home near Wahroonga on Thursday afternoon

Police carry a brown paper evidence bag containing a large rifle from a home near Wahroonga on Thursday afternoon

Daily Mail Australia understands Murrell went to talk with Mirko Uskovic, 51, about his ongoing treatment of his daughter Danielle (pictured), a high-flying businesswoman who is battling a terminal illness

Daily Mail Australia understands Murrell went to talk with Mirko Uskovic, 51, about his ongoing treatment of his daughter Danielle (pictured), a high-flying businesswoman who is battling a terminal illness

Daily Mail Australia understands Murrell went to talk with Mirko Uskovic, 51, about his ongoing treatment of his daughter Danielle (pictured), a high-flying businesswoman who is battling a terminal illness

Police rushed to the scene and found Uskovic suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck and Murrell nursing facial injuries nearby. Two firearms were seized by officers. 

Both men are now in a stable condition at Royal North Shore Hospital.

In recent months Mrs Uskovic and her youngest daughter have moved back in with her parents.

The breakdown of her marriage to Uskovic, a part-time window cleaner, has resulted in police applying for a restraining order against him on behalf of her mother Donna Murrell.

An interim order is currently in place and a hearing is set for March 2021.

Police have been regulars at the home where Uskovic has been living alone in recent times. 

In late September officers raided the home and found 41 marijuana plants stored in a back shed.

Uskovic pleaded guilty to cultivating a small quantity of a prohibited plant and is due to be sentenced in Hornsby Local Court on December 8.

After spending the day at Uskovic’s Wahroonga home, detectives moved to a home nearby where they gathered more evidence.

A rifle and ammunition were among the items taken from the home in brown paper bags. 

Wahroonga local Ben Suleyman, 18, said he heard a loud ‘bang’ while playing with his dogs, but did not think anything of it until he saw helicopters hovering overhead.

A man has been shot in the neck and an older man has been arrested following an incident on Highlands Avenue at Wahroonga, in Sydney's north

A man has been shot in the neck and an older man has been arrested following an incident on Highlands Avenue at Wahroonga, in Sydney's north

A man has been shot in the neck and an older man has been arrested following an incident on Highlands Avenue at Wahroonga, in Sydney’s north  

An elderly man went to talk to his daughter's ex-husband over his treatment of her when an argument escalated and the younger of the pair was shot

An elderly man went to talk to his daughter's ex-husband over his treatment of her when an argument escalated and the younger of the pair was shot

An elderly man went to talk to his daughter’s ex-husband over his treatment of her when an argument escalated and the younger of the pair was shot 

Local university student Ben Suleyman, 18, said he heard the loud 'bang', but did not think anything of it until he saw helicopters hovering overhead

Local university student Ben Suleyman, 18, said he heard the loud 'bang', but did not think anything of it until he saw helicopters hovering overhead

Local university student Ben Suleyman, 18, said he heard the loud ‘bang’, but did not think anything of it until he saw helicopters hovering overhead

When officers arrived they found a man in his 50s in the front yard suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck, and a 74-year-old man also suffering facial injuries lying nearby

When officers arrived they found a man in his 50s in the front yard suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck, and a 74-year-old man also suffering facial injuries lying nearby

When officers arrived they found a man in his 50s in the front yard suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck, and a 74-year-old man also suffering facial injuries lying nearby

‘I was out in the garden with the dog, I’m literally just one street over, and I heard this big bang, just one,’ Mr Suleyman said.

‘I didn’t know it was a gunshot so I think much of it, but then once I heard the police and the helicopter I jumped in my car and drove around to see what was going on.

‘I met the older man once, he was a pleasant guy. He’d just bought his daughter a car.’

Another neighbour heard the men arguing, and then a gun shot, and called police. 

Kuring-Gai Police Superintendent Barry Vincent said when police arrived two guns were found on the property and seized.

‘The relationship between the two parties is still yet to be formally established, but we believe they are known to each other,’ Supt Vincent said.

Kuring-Gai Police Superintendent Barry Vincent said when police arrived two guns were found

Kuring-Gai Police Superintendent Barry Vincent said when police arrived two guns were found

Kuring-Gai Police Superintendent Barry Vincent said when police arrived two guns were found

A man suffered a gunshot wound to his neck after an incident in Highlands Road, Wahroonga, in the city's Upper North Shore, at 10.10am on Thursday

A man suffered a gunshot wound to his neck after an incident in Highlands Road, Wahroonga, in the city's Upper North Shore, at 10.10am on Thursday

A man suffered a gunshot wound to his neck after an incident in Highlands Road, Wahroonga, in the city’s Upper North Shore, at 10.10am on Thursday

The man, aged in his 50s, was flown to Royal North Shore Hospital on Thursday morning in a serious condition

The man, aged in his 50s, was flown to Royal North Shore Hospital on Thursday morning in a serious condition

The man, aged in his 50s, was flown to Royal North Shore Hospital on Thursday morning in a serious condition 

‘We received a call through Triple Zero from a neighbour and police responded very quickly.

‘Upon attending the scene they challenged both parties to ensure all firearms were secured.’ 

Wahroonga is one of Sydney’s most prestigious suburbs, with many wealthy families attracted to the big homes and the fact three of the city’s top private schools are close by – Knox Grammar, Abbotsleigh and Barker College. 

A 74-year-old man was also injured at the scene and taken to hospital under police guard

A 74-year-old man was also injured at the scene and taken to hospital under police guard

A 74-year-old man was also injured at the scene and taken to hospital under police guard 

Longtime local resident Louis Bugeja, 63, heard the disturbance on the street and came outside to see what was going on.

‘The first thing we heard from police was that there had been a domestic dispuite, and they believed a stabbing, but then we heard it was a gunshot,’ Mr Bugeja said.

‘I saw the guys being loaded in the back of the ambulance, the younger guy was holding his neck.’ 

Mr Bugeja said there had been several incidents on the street in recent years, but not in the house related to Thursday’s shooting. 

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