Johann Ofner and partner Kati Garnett
Johann Ofner and partner Kati Garnett Johann Ofner | Facebook

Thousands raised for stuntman's six-year-old daughter

PEOPLE are digging deep to support the six-year-old girl left whose father was shot dead while filming a music video in a bizarre incident in Brisbane on Monday.

Gold Coast stuntman and devoted dad Johann Ofner was killed on the set of a video being filmed for Australian hip hop group Bliss N Eso at a Brisbane bar when one of the props used in the shoot, a shotgun believed to be filled with blanks, was allegedly shot at the 28-year-old's chest at close range.


The shock incident has had a deep effect, particularly on the Queensland stunt and "movement artist" community which has banded together to support Mr Ofner's young daughter, Kyarna.

An online fundraising effort has so far raised more than $27,000 for the six-year-old whose father was understood to be her sole carer.

Fellow stuntman Kyle Gardiner, who started the gofundme campaign, urged people to donate to establish a trust for the little girl.

Kyarna's mother, Samaya Grace, expressed her gratitude on the page.

"I cannot thank you or express my gratitude enough for all you love and support - every single one of you are contributing to helping me continue all my daughters needs," she wrote.

Ms Grace said the money would help her daughter, a budding gymnast and actor, continue her training.

"She wanted and even more so now ... to be a ninja just like her daddy and hero," she wrote.

The 6yo wanted to be a 'ninja' and stuntman too.



She said the money would also help her keep things "as normal for her as possible", and added on Facebook she would be focusing on supporting and homeschooling her daughter.

"From every fibre of my being and my precious Kyarna - thank you so much," she wrote.

In her post, Ms Grace also pledged to "take all responsible to court" when it came to Mr Ofner's death.

Detectives are continuing investigations into the death and the weapon involved, and have not ruled out criminal charges.

Queensland Police are today due to carry out a re-enactment of the events surrounding the fatal shooting.

It is understood cameras were rolling inside the Brooklyn Standard bar on Monday afternoon when the shooting took place, and the vision will be critical to the police investigation.

It has also emerged the armourer who provided the shotgun that allegedly killed Mr Ofner, and other weapons used as props, was on set at the time.

Police are investigating if homemade blanks were used in the shotgun.



Sources described the blanks to the Courier-Mail as if someone opened up 12-gauge shells, emptied and filled them with powder and hand-closed them in the crimping stage when the shell was plugged.

A blank typically has the brass case or plastic shotgun shell sealed with a plug, called a wad, otherwise powder falls out.

Some blanks have no plug as the brass case itself is crimped.

Police sources said a full flash blank could cause harm within 1.8m without any projectile.

As part of the investigation, police must investigate if the blanks were handmade, or hand-crimped, the type of cartridge and the supplier.

Bliss N Eso issued a statement saying Mr Ofner was killed when the gun was discharged.

"The exact cause of Johann's fatal injury is still to be confirmed but as the gun was loaded with blanks, not live ammunition, the cause was not a bullet or live round," the statement said.

Superintendent Mick O'Dowd said details of the weapon would take time to finalise.

"The details of cause of death, projectiles, weapons, firearms and ballistic reports again will take a little bit of time, but that will all form part of a report that will probably end up with the coroner," he said.

News Corp Australia

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