In a bizarre series of events this week, a barefoot man in Queensland, Australia flagged down a news van, confessed to assaulting a woman and then carjacked the vehicle at gunpoint before driving away and crashing into a gas tank. And the entire encounter was caught on camera.
Australia’s 7News cameraman Peter Steer had been on his way to a crime scene Thursday morning when he noticed a barefoot motorcyclist beckoning him to pull over his news van.
“He got off his bike and approached me and said 'I've got a story for you,’” Steer said to 7News. “I said 'Well, mate, you better hurry because I'm going to a shooting,' and he said, 'Mate, I'm the shooter.’”
Earlier that day, a woman had allegedly been assaulted at a house in Noosa Heads, Queensland. She reportedly survived the attack, but was taken to the hospital with head and neck injuries.
As Steer talked with the motorcyclist, who reportedly had blood on his hands, he turned on his camera, capturing footage of the confession.
“I hope she's alright. I think she's dead,” the man said. “I surrender myself to God.”
Steer called police and informed them of the situation. But before authorities could arrive, the man appeared to have a change of heart. He hopped into Steer’s news van while waving a gun at him.
“Don’t be a fucking idiot,” Steer told the armed man. “Don’t be silly.”
Shortly after driving away, the gunman reportedly crashed the van into a 7,000-liter tank at a gas station. That moment was also recorded by a dash cam installed in the news van.
It appears that the man may have harbored intentions of setting the leaking gas from the tank alight; fortunately, he was apprehended by police before the situation escalated further.
(Watch the whole drama unfold in the video above.)
The man has reportedly been charged with several offenses, including attempted murder, armed robbery and unlawful possession of a weapon, per Sky News.
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As for Steer, he’s been praised for his composure -- and his dedication to documenting the incident -- in the face of extreme danger.
“I wanted to get that shot of him with the gun but I didn't want to get shot,” Steer told 7News.
The cameraman told Fairfax Radio 4BC that he’s “fine,” per The Brisbane Times. “I keep telling people I just need a cigarette,” he said.