Young girl shot in the face in Tasmania

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.


“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.

Her father has been charged with a number of firearm offences and contravening an apprehended violence order.

It’s believed the girl may have pulled the trigger herself.