Man shot at Bridge­wa­ter

Po­lice say in­ci­dent sparked by feud

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - NICK CLARK

A SHOOT­ING in which a gun­man fired three or four shots at a man smok­ing out­side a Bridge­wa­ter house was lucky not to have been fa­tal, Tas­ma­nia Po­lice say.

Act­ing In­spec­tor David Gill said the man, 34, suf­fered pel­let wounds to the left side of his body, be­tween the knee and chest. He said it was a tar­geted hit. “His in­juries are not lifethreat­en­ing and it is ex­pected he will be re­leased from the Royal Ho­bart Hospi­tal in com­ing days,” Act­ing In­spec­tor Gill said.

Po­lice are seek­ing in­for­ma­tion about an early 1980s Corolla sedan, stolen from Mt Nel­son early last week, from which the shots were fired at the house in Ley­land Place on Sun­day.

“We are seek­ing any in­for­ma­tion from any­one who may have seen the ve­hi­cle in the area in the early hours of Sun­day,” In­spec­tor Gill said.

The ve­hi­cle was re­cov­ered in­tact at Good­wood and seized for ex­am­i­na­tion.

In­spec­tor Gill said po­lice be­lieved the shoot­ing was part of feud be­tween two groups and re­lated to an al­ter­ca­tion about two weeks ago.

He said po­lice would con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the crime de­spite not know­ing whether the man wanted to make a com­plaint.

“This is an in­ci­dent Tas- ma­nia Po­lice takes very se­ri­ously and will con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate,” he said. “This is not a ran­dom at­tack, it is as a re­sult of two sep­a­rate feud­ing par­ties and we be­lieve the ad­dress was tar­geted.”

There were a num­ber of peo­ple in the house but only one had pro­vided a state­ment to po­lice. The shots were fired from a dis­tance of about 20m.

He said three shot­gun shell cas­ings had been re­cov­ered from the scene but some wit­nesses be­lieved they had heard four shots. In­for­ma­tion could be pro­vided anony­mously to Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or to Glenorchy CIB.

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