UPDATE @ 30 August 2017 1.30pm: An 11-year-old, shot in the face in Tasmania, was caught in the cross-fire of an argument between her mother and another woman.
Police say the pair were involved in a fight at a Deloraine supermarket, near Launceston, on Tuesday.
“It initially started as a verbal dispute and became physical,” Detective inspector John King said.
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“One lady has received a bite mark and the other has received a cut to her head.”
Around 9pm, the girl was sitting in the back seat of a car with her mother, uncle and four-year-old cousin when a shot was fired at the vehicle.
Bullet fragments reportedly hit the girl in the face, neck and breast.
Family members rushed her to a nearby medical centre before she was taken to Launceston Hospital and then on to Melbourne’s Royal Children Hospital.
She arrived in a critical condition, but has since improved to stable.
A 25-year-old man is being interviewed by Police and is expected to be charged.
It’s believed he is in a relationship with the woman who was in the scuffle with the girl’s mother.
EARLIER @ 30 August 2017 9.45am: An 11-year-old girl is in a serious condition after a shooting in Tasmania’s north.
She was shot in the face at Deloraine, near Launceston, around 9pm on Tuesday.
The young girl was flown to Melbourne for treatment.
A man was arrested and is being questioned by Police connected to the Launceston criminal investigation unit.
It comes just days after a three-year-old girl was shot dead in a home in Sydney’s west.
It’s believed the girl may have pulled the trigger herself.