Police and paramedics on scene at an incident at Porters Plainland Hotel, July 1.
Police and paramedics on scene at an incident at Porters Plainland Hotel, July 1.

Police hunt attackers after fatal stabbing outside pub

POLICE are hunting for two men who fled the scene after a man in his 50s was killed in what police believe was a targeted attack, in a hotel car park west of Brisbane.

Shortly before 6pm police said that the man became ­involved in an altercation ­between a "number of people" in the rear carpark of the Porters Plainland Hotel, 90km west of Brisbane.

The man was stabbed and killed, before two men fled the scene eastbound on the Ipswich Motorway in a black sedan.

No witnesses to the crime had come forward as of last night.

The man who had stumbled into the Plainland pub bottle shop covered in blood died after he was stabbed by a man police allege was known to him.

Police and paramedics were called to the Porters Plainland Hotel around 6pm after reports a man was injured.

On arrival they found a man with at least one stab wound and commenced CPR, but despite the best efforts of emergency services he died at the scene.

The car park of the licensed premises became a crime scene as forensic officers scoured every inch into the night.

A police helicopter searched the area for the black sedan, but gave up after several hours.

Darling Downs Detective Inspector Lew Strohfeldt said the incident was uncharacteristic for the area.

"This is a terrible thing to have happened," he said.

"We don't believe this is a random (attack), it's not a usual thing that happens around here."

Police have called for anyone who may have witnessed the stabbing or might have dashcam footage of the area surrounding the hotel before 6pm to come forward.

The car park of the licensed premises became a crime scene as forensic officers scoured every inch into the night.

A police spokesman confirmed to The Courier-Mail that a man had died after an altercation with a man known to him. But could not give exact ages for the two men involved.

Porters Plainland Hotel remained open during the investigation, with some oblivious patrons eating meals and having drinks just metres from the scene.

The hotel made a statement on their Facebook Page at 8.40pm acknowledging the incident, stating it was not believed to involve any of the venue's patrons.

The post also stated that the incident occurred in the "vicinity" of the hotel, not inside it.

Local Jasmine Palmer said the murder was a shock for the local community: "We have lots of police chases, but nothing like this, especially not here (at the hotel). It's a nice place, they'd only just done it up in the last month.

"It's a terrible shame for the hotel as well."

The hotel remained open during the investigation last night, with some oblivious patrons eating meals and ­drinking just metres from the scene.

A hotel spokesman said the incident had not involved any patrons of the hotel.

"An incident occurred this evening in the general vicinity of, but well outside, the Hotel,"

"We do not believe those involved in the incident were patrons of the Hotel this evening.

"We thank those who have sent messages of support.

"Be assured, all of our customers and staff are safe and well."

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