Girl in serious condition after being shot in face
AN 11-year-old girl is in a serious condition after being shot in the face in Tasmania.
She was flown to Melbourne for medical treatment after the shooting at Deloraine near Launceston about 9pm on Tuesday.
Police said the shooting happened after a dispute in a supermarket.
It is believed the fight turned physical and involved the girl’s mother and another woman.
One was bitten and the other got cuts to the head.
Detective Inspector John King of Tasmania Police said investigators were unsure of the nature of the dispute.
Following the dispute, the 11-year-old’s mother and uncle drove to a home in Stagg Court with the girl and another child.
Police are alleging a 25-year-old man at the address shot at the car, which was 50m away from the property. A bullet entered the right-hand rear passenger side of the car and struck the girl in the right side of her face.
She was transferred to Deloraine Medical Centre and then immediately moved to Launceston General Hospital. She was then flown to Melbourne, where she was in a critical condition.
Inspector King said the girl was taken in for surgery.
Doctors had said her condition was stabilised and she was being treated for fragments in the upper part of her body and lower skull.
Police took the 25-year-old man into custody.
Police said the man was present during the supermarket dispute and was no relation to the young girl.
DEBRIS: Shattered glass on the road in Stagg Court, Deloraine.