2 riders may help to solve gun mystery

POLICE are no closer to solving the baffling shooting of a retired school teacher at Everton nearly a month after the incident.

INJURED: Kelvin Tennant points out where he was shot as police renewed their call for information in the case on Wednesday. Picture: JOE ARMAO

INJURED: Kelvin Tennant points out where he was shot as police renewed their call for information in the case on Wednesday. Picture: JOE ARMAO

Kelvin Tennant, 72, was forced to play dead as an unknown man fired several pistol rounds into him on February 18.

After exhausting various lines of inquiry, detectives from the Armed Crime Squad still don’t have a suspect or motive. 

Detective Senior Constable Elise Douglas renewed her appeal for information with Mr Tennant in Melbourne on Wednesday.

We can establish no motive as to why Mr Tennant was shot on this section of rail trail.

Detective Senior Constable Elise Douglas

Two riders who arrived shortly after the 72-year-old was attacked may have vital information.

Police are yet to track down the man and woman, who spoke briefly with two other riders who helped Mr Tennant.

Kelvin Tennant

Kelvin Tennant

“Investigators from the Armed Crime Squad have been working on this job tirelessly since the 18th of February,” she said.

“We have been on the ground in Myrtleford speaking to locals and trying to gather as much information as we can in relation to why this incident has occurred.

“At this stage unfortunately, we can establish no motive as to why Mr Tennant was shot on this section of rail trail.

“It is definitely concerning for investigators that this incident occurred.”

Detective Senior Constable Douglas said the area was extremely busy and even the smallest piece of information could help solve the puzzle.

“It is our belief that somebody passing through that area, or in that area on that weekend, has intimate knowledge of what happened,” she said.

Police still don’t have a detailed description of the shooter, who had parked a dark sedan near the trail on the Great Alpine Ride next to the Burgoigee Creek.

Mr Tennant said the man had only been one or two metres away when he opened fire. 

“At one stage I thought this is it, lights out … I thought well, it’s over,” he said.

“And then I suddenly had a very strong conviction that this day was not the day that God was going to let me die.

“It was very powerful.”

Mr Tennant was hit twice in the head and face and once in the chest by bullets. 

The grandfather of eight had previously told The Border Mail he was in absolute shock and disbelief as the shooting unfolded.

He won't waste energy getting angry at the wanted man. 

“I’ve been given back to my family,” Mr Tennant said. 

“It’s been a lovely thing to put my arms around my grandchildren and my wife and my own children, and I’m going to make the most of what I’ve been given, and I’m not going to be concerned about this fella.”

Anyone with information is urged to call 1800 333 000.