Tasmania Police's gun grief

POLICE have reassured residents they are not in danger, after Launceston’s fourth shooting this year.

A 27-year-old Mayfield man suffered minor face and upper body injuries and his female passenger was unhurt, after the pair were allegedly targeted multiple times at close range in the Invermay area about 9.45pm on Tuesday.

A 22-year-old Prospect man was charged with a number of firearms and assault offences as a result.

“I just want to reassure members of the public… Although there has been another incident in the last few weeks involving another shooting in Invermay, we allege that it possibly involves the same group of people,” Detective Sergeant Peter Roberts said.

Detective Sergeant Roberts confirmed the incident ended outside the Newnham Police Station, after the pair were allegedly chased up Invermay Road in their car – up to George Town Road at Mayfield – by the man.

Neither the male driver nor the female were charged.

Detective Sergeant Roberts said investigations to date had been “complicated”, however.

“Tasmania Police and the public have had enough of shootings. We’re doing our best.”

Twenty-two-year-old Beau Weily was remanded in custody after applying for bail in the Launceston Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

He will reappear on November 14.

Anyone with information should contact Tasmania Police on 131 444, or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.

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