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Shots fired at the house of chief racing steward Terry Bailey

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Police are investigating a shooting at the home of Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey late last night.

Six rounds were fired from a semi-automatic rifle into the front door of Victoria’s most senior racing integrity officer.

Bailey and his young family were at the rear of the house at the time.

Police were alerted to the shooting by neighbours of Bailey about 9.15pm.

One neighbour, Paul Evans, told Neil Mitchell ‘they were pretty loud shots’.

‘I came out … and Terry had a baseball bat or something just to protect him family,’ Mr Evans said.

‘I said ‘Terry, what’s happened’, and he said ‘Oh, I’ve got some shell cases for you’.’

Click play to hear Paul Evans describe to Neil Mitchell how it unfolded.

The Age racing writer Patrick Bartley told Neil Mitchell the house was in a ‘very quiet’ eastern suburb and came out of the blue.

He said he was shocked by what happened.

‘I never thought it would come to this,’ Bartley said on 3AW Mornings.

‘He (Bailey) was shaken.

‘He’d been up most of the night.

‘Terry’s a very strong man, very forthright and very keen to change culture in this state and make everything accountable.

‘I suppose now that is the price that we pay, which we shouldn’t have to pay.’

Click play below to hear Patrick Bartley explain more on 3AW Mornings

Neil Mitchell described the incident as ‘frightening’ and ‘simply outrageous’.

Click play for Neil’s full comments.

Full story: The Age

RACING VICTORIA STATEMENT

‘Racing Victoria can confirm an incident overnight in which shots were fired into the family home of Chairman of Stewards Terry Bailey. Terry and his family were home at the time but no injuries were sustained,’ chief executive Bernard Saundry.

‘Victoria Police are investigating the incident and we will afford them whatever support is necessary to ensure that the people responsible for this disgraceful act are brought to justice.

‘The welfare of Terry and his family remains our number one priority and we ask that their privacy be respected at this distressing time.’

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