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Man facing blindness after double shooting

AAP logoAAP 26/12/2016 Scott Bailey

A young man has likely been blinded after he and his father were allegedly shot by a stranger at a Gold Coast property on Boxing Day.

The 24-year-old has already lost sight in his right eye and will probably lose it in his left after being shot at close range, police say.

Brothers Francesco Surace, 41, and Giuseppe Surace, 39, faced the Southport Magistrates Court on Tuesday over the shooting at the Pimpama property.

It's alleged Francesco first went to the address on Monday morning and was arrested for trespass before returning in the afternoon armed with a sawn-off shotgun and opening fire.

Francesco was denied bail at his court appearance, however Giuseppe was granted bail after the court heard he only went to the property to remove his older brother.

The siblings are facing a string of charges over the alleged incident as the father and son recover from their wounds in hospital.

Both are in a serious but stable condition, however police say surgeons have indicated the son has lost sight in his right eye and will likely lose it in his left after around 50 buckshot projectiles struck his neck, face and upper torso when he was allegedly shot from two metres away.

In denying Francesco bail, Magistrate Gary Finger said it was fortunate the alleged shooting wasn't fatal.

"These two people are lucky to be alive it seems," he told the court.

"I have grave concerns for witnesses and the safety of these people if I let you out on bail."

Police allege they had earlier removed Francesco from the Pimpama street after he awoke the father and son while yelling and playing with a pet dog on Monday morning.

He was allegedly released on the condition he did not return to the area.

But duty lawyer Joe Wicking told the court Giuseppe Surace later received a call from his mother asking him to go and calm his brother Francesco.

Giuseppe went to the Pimpama property and found Francesco there, Mr Wicking said.

Police allege two shots were fired during an altercation, with Giuseppe holding a wooden object about the length of a cricket bat.

The brothers then allegedly fled the house, sparking a police search involving the dog squad and Polair.

Their cases will return to court on January 19, with each facing a number of charges including two counts of acts intended to maim.

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