27-year-old woman left to die in a 'disgraceful' way

When a woman was fatally shot in the chest at a Gold Coast house most of the people there fled instead of staying to help her, police say.

Detective inspector Brendan Smith thinks they could instead have given her first aid after she was shot at 8.30pm on Sunday.

“It's disgraceful,” he said.

Queensland police want those people to come forward to explain how the 27-year-old Labrador woman came to be shot.

Police have yet to formally identify the woman, but she was believed to be Ivona Jovanovic, with friends paying tribute to her on social media.

She was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital after the shooting, where she died a short time later.

Friends have paid tribute to Ivona Jovanovic on Facebook (Pictured, left photo taken in 2017 and right photo taken in 2019). Source: Facebook/Ivona Jovanovic

A woman who called emergency services was the only person at the Highland Park home with the injured woman when police arrived, the detective said.

At this stage police believe four or five other friends were visiting at the house at the time of the shooting.

Det Insp Smith said they needed more information to confirm this.

The woman's ex-boyfriend had been at the Highland Park home.

He was arrested when he returned about 1am on Monday but has not been charged.

Queensland Police shown at the scene after responding to a report of a shooting about 8.30pm Sunday. Source: 9News

He had been “very friendly” with his ex-girlfriend and in no dispute with her before she was shot, Det Insp Smith said.

Asked to explain why the man came back to the house at that time, Det Insp Smith suggested it had been a very cold night and he may have been in nearby bushland.

He said police were “very keen” for people who were seen leaving the house in cars to come forward.

“Somebody knows something,” he said.

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