POLICE fear an innocent person may end up dead as Launceston's tit-for-tat shooting feud continues.
On Saturday night a drive-by shooting occurred in Crawford Street, Mowbray, with police linking it to the recent spate of shootings in Launceston.
On Sunday night a 34-year-old man was arrested in Crawford Street and charged with carrying a loaded semi-automatic shotgun.
Police said he was an associate of those living in the house that had been shot at.
Also at the weekend a small arsenal of weapons went missing from the state's South after thieves broke into a Mornington home on Saturday night and stole 15 firearms.
The escalating gun violence is reflected in police statistics that show in the year to June there were eight shootings in Northern Tasmania, four times as many as the previous year.
Since May there have been seven reported shootings in Launceston, which detectives have connected to a running feud, possibly over drugs.
Saturday's shooting occurred about 11pm with witnesses reporting a dark coloured 4WD or ute speeding away after several shots were fired.
Police found two shotgun cartridges in the street, and minor damage was caused to the home and carport.
There were three adults and a 10-year-old at home at the time.
Yesterday, Detective Constable Jason Bolton said police held concerns an innocent person may end up dead.
``It's a possibility, isn't it? Innocent people have been shot and this is why we want it to come to an end,'' he said.
``It just needs to stop, there's been ongoing incidents where people have been shot where weapons have been fired into houses.''
Detective Bolton repeated frustrations over the lack of co-operation police were getting from parties involved in the shootings.
``There appears to be two sides and each side has a large number of associates, not only to hide themselves but to hide their firearms,'' he said.
``We need evidence, we need people who have seen suspicious vehicles to come forward and tells us.''
He said Launceston CIB was throwing all available resources at the shootings but admitted it had ``proven difficult''.
``No, police haven't lost control, we are doing everything we can to try and resolve this and get guns off the streets,'' he said.
Police Association of Tasmania president Pat Allen said a better resourced police force would be better equipped to deal with the situation.
``The people that are out there doing the job are doing a really good job, and they've had some pretty good successes in relation to some of this stuff,'' Constable Allen said.
``But if we were at the resources we had 18 months ago . . . there would be the proper resources to throw at it.''
When asked if a taskforce was necessary Police Minister David O'Byrne said there were already significant resources deployed to stop the shootings.
``The arrest of an individual in association with this matter, within a matter of days, shows police are committing significant resources to these matters and is the clearest evidence that if you break the law, you will be caught and prosecuted,'' Mr O'Byrne said.
Anyone who has information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.