One man has been charged and another remains under police guard in hospital following a shooting rampage on the NSW mid-north coast.

Heavily armed officers swarmed parts of Port Macquarie on Thursday after several cars were shot at along the M1, including a police car.

One driver suffered a bullet graze to his arm and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Following a 13-hour manhunt, police arrested two men, aged 26 and 32, in bushland in Kempsey around 3.15pm.

The 32-year-old man was taken to Kempsey Hospital, where he remains under police guard.

While the 26-year-old man was charged with three counts of discharge firearm intend cause grievous bodily harm, and three counts of fire firearm in or near public place.

He was refused bail to appear at Kempsey Local Court today.


Police have confirmed they’re still investigating whether there is any connection between the shootings and the death of a man in Port Macquarie.

His body was found on the side of Fernbank Creek Road on Thursday morning

“A male person has found deceased on the side of the road in Fernbank Creek Road,” Acting Assistant Commissioner Scott Tanner said.

“At this stage, we don’t know whether it is linked to this incident”.

Investigations are ongoing.

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