Drive-by shooting shocks Norwood residents

The van that was the target of a drive-by shooting at Norwood. The image has been pixilated for privacy reasons.  Picture: MARK JESSER

The van that was the target of a drive-by shooting at Norwood. The image has been pixilated for privacy reasons. Picture: MARK JESSER

FIVE quick shots were fired during a drive-by shooting in a quiet Norwood street in the early hours of Friday.

The next day a Brookdale Street resident discovered he had five large bullet holes in his work vehicle.

The man's father said he heard five quick ``bangs'' about 12.15am on Friday.

However, after a quick inspection failed to turn up anything he put it down to an ageing heat pump.

It's got us stumped, I'm not particularly worried because I'm fairly sure it's a one-off - Brookdale Street resident

Now knowing they were gunshots he believes they came from a semi-automatic firearm. 

``It's got us stumped, I'm not particularly worried because I'm fairly sure it's a one-off,'' he said.

``It's come out of nowhere.''

However, the man, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was concerned about the safety of his two young children.

He said they typically slept in a room that lay directly behind where the vehicle was parked, however, they were not home at the time.  

Judging by the slug retrieved from the vehicle, he said it appeared to be a ``reasonably sized calibre'' firearm.

Another resident said news of the shooting was worrying.

The man and his wife were woken by the shooting. 

 ``We've got a lot of kids in this street and some pretty concerned people,'' the man said.

``This is Launceston not western Sydney.''

Forensic officers attended the scene on Saturday. 

Tasmania Police Inspector Michael Johnson said the matter was being investigated by Launceston's Criminal Investigation Branch.

Latest police figures show there have been 14 unlawful firearm discharges between July and February compared with just two the previous period. 

There have been 34 instances in that same period where a gun has been used as a weapon compared with 30 the previous period.

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