A young girl became an orphan after seeing her father murdered during a violent home invasion because of a suspected drug debt.
Michael Menzel, 48, died after being shot in the leg his home in Gleneagle, south of Brisbane in a targeted attack shortly before 6 am on Monday.
His 13-year-old daughter was in the house for hours after paramedics removed her father's body.
& # 39; Although she would not have known at that stage that her father was dead, she has seen paramedics working very hard to keep him alive, significant blood loss, so she has the trauma to deal with it, & # 39 ; said Jim Plowman of Queensland Police.
The girl, whose mother recently died, is now being cared for by her grandparents.
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A young girl (photo) watching her father get shot dead during a violent home invasion is now an orphan after losing her mother
Michael Menzel (photo) died after being shot in the leg when his home in Gleneagle, 70 km south of Brisbane, was stormed shortly before 6 a.m. on Monday
The police are hunting four people who have fled the scene in a black Holden Commodore utility without license plates.
The attack was about a drug debt and, according to police, Mr. was known to the police 9 news.
Friends and family of Mr. Menzel gathered the front of his house at the Brittany Court to mourn because the neighbors revealed that they were too scared to return home in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Neighbors said that Mr. Menzel is a good-hearted man & # 39; who knew & # 39; everyone knew & # 39 ;.
& # 39; He sometimes took care of my two little girls, he did a lot for me & # 39 ;, said friend Lisa Reilly.
& # 39; I only saw him last week and then this happens. & # 39;
The girl (shown on a photo on social media) is now being looked after by her grandparents
Bretagne Court, Gleneagle was flooded with emergency services after the home invasion on Monday morning
Neighbor Billie Beever told Daily Mail Australia Menzel & # 39; s family and friends had shouted in front of his house during the day, grieving for a man she described as sweet and eager to help.
She said his daughter's mother had died earlier in her life, which means that the 13-year-old is now an orphan. She did not say how the mother died.
Mrs. Beever said she was planning to move after the attack and was afraid to return home.
& # 39; I really don't want to go home to be honest, like they're not coming back, but … it's just like you don't even know who lives next to you, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; Why does someone have a gun? & # 39;
The mother-of-one said that she often saw Mr. Menzel with his dog in front of his house and that he would always smile and wave at others as he passed them on the street.
& # 39; He always waved at me, he was a nice, normal neighbor, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I saw him and his friends and some kids on the street when we left for dinner last night … It's scary to know that this can happen next door and you wouldn't even realize it.
& # 39; I'm moving. F *** that. & # 39;
Other neighbors described the man as & # 39; the nicest in this street & # 39 ;, and a & # 39; great size & # 39; with a & # 39; big heart & # 39 ;.
Neighbors were left behind during the ordeal, which took place at Brittany Court, Gleneagle, 70 km south of Brisbane
Emergency services were called home around 6 o'clock in the morning and treated Mr. Menzel for a gunshot wound.
Inspector Jim Plowman said the gentleman & # 39; s young daughter had stayed on site and watched as caregivers tried to save her father's life.
He was treated on the spot by paramedics, but died just after 7 o'clock.
Mr. 40's roommate was brought to the hospital with minor injuries after being hit with a hammer.
A black, new model, Holden Commodore utility without license plates was seen when leaving the address at the Court Court in Brittany and was later seen on the adjacent Mount Lindesay Highway.
The police call on anyone who has seen the vehicle in the vicinity of the Bretagne Court before 6 o'clock in the morning – or with camera images or camera surveillance.
A resident said that the area around the house is an & # 39; ice rink & # 39; is mentioned because of the prevalence of meth in the city.
Emergency services were called home around 6 o'clock in the morning and treated Mr. Menzel for a gunshot wound
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