Girl in se­ri­ous con­di­tion af­ter be­ing shot in face

The Observer - - NEWS NATION - – Olivia Lambert

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.

PHOTO: CHRIS KIDD

DE­BRIS: Shat­tered glass on the road in Stagg Court, Delo­raine.

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