Shooting in the suburbs

TASMANIA Police say the people involved in a Kings Meadows shooting on Tuesday night knew each other,  ruling  out a random attack.

Detective Sergeant Mike Gillies

Detective Sergeant Mike Gillies

An unknown number of shots from a low-calibre gun were fired at the driver of a yellow Holden Commodore in Shirley Place about 9pm, from one of five or six occupants of a green Holden Commodore sedan, following an altercation.

Detective Sergeant Mike Gillies said it appeared that the offenders in the green Commodore stopped to talk to the victim and fled soon after at least one shot was fired - striking the yellow Commodore's rear passenger door.

``The victim has supplied a statement to police  which has provided specific lines of inquiry, and we are making inquiries in relation to the matters he has made in his statement,'' Detective Sergeant  Gillies said.

``We don't have complete details of the weapon used. It was a small-calibre firearm and we are not sure how many [rounds] were fired from that firearm.

``Obviously it is very concerning to police when any shots are fired anywhere, whether it be in the public or otherwise towards a person or a vehicle a person is in.

``We are treating this very seriously and we intend to investigate it to its fullest extent.''

No one was injured and Detective Sergeant Gillies said those involved were believed to be from the Launceston area.

He said some residents heard noises from the disturbance.

The incident comes after an April drive-by shooting at Norwood and multiple shots being fired into a Ravenswood home last month.

There have been 16 unlawful discharge of firearm offences statewide from July 2013 to March this year.

Anybody with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Tasmania Police on 131 444.