An 11-year-old girl has been shot in the face in Tasmania after a man allegedly opened fire on the car in which she was sitting with her mother and another young child.
A 25-year-old man allegedly fired a shot at the car, hitting the girl, at Deloraine, near Launceston, on Tuesday night.
Police allege the girl’s mother was involved in physical dispute with another woman before the shooting .
The victim was in the car with her mother, a man and a four-year-old child when the shooting happened, police said.
“This investigation is still continuing, however at this early stage, police will be alleging as a result of a dispute, a 25-year-old Deloraine man has discharged a firearm at a vehicle in Stagg Court … causing injuries to the young girl,” Tasmania Police said in a statement.
Police were called to the Deloraine Medical Centre at 9.10pm where the girl was being treated.
She was taken to the Launceston General Hospital before being flown to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne where she was in a stable condition on Wednesday morning.
“Her condition was initially listed as critical, but has stablised this morning,” police said.
The 25-year-old man is in police custody but is yet to be formally interviewed.
Some neighbours told The Examiner they did not hear gunshots but heard “a heap of yelling” and then “police were everywhere”.
Another neighbour said it was “daunting” to have it happen so close to home.
“Especially after what…
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