Tasmania Police has called for information on a Kings Meadows shooting that took place while children were playing in the street.
Acting Detective Inspector John Parker said the 26-year-old driver of a white Toyota Hilux dual cab was shot on Pinkard Street at 7.30pm on Friday.
“Three men were sitting in a white Hilux utility in Pinkard Street outside number 15,” he said.
The trio had a confrontation that ended when one person exited the vehicle and shot the driver in the leg while he remained seated.
The passenger that discharged the firearm was seated behind the driver, acting Detective Inspector Parker said.
He was described as being between 20 to 30-years-old, with a slim build and short, light hair.
After shooting the victim, he got into a late-model white SUV and fled the scene.
“From Nunamina Avenue, we don’t know what direction that vehicle went,” acting Detective Inspector Parker said.
The front seat passenger was described as being about 30-years-old, with a slim build and wearing a white t-shirt and shorts. He ran down Pinkard Street in a westerly direction.
Acting Detective Inspector Parker said police were seeking information on the whereabouts of both cars and the two passengers.
“These are not random acts on members of the public. We’re very concerned about the fact that this occurred at 7.30pm on Friday evening when there were a lot of children in Pinkard Street playing,” he said.
“Clearly the community and those children and their parents are quite concerned about the activities that have gone on. We’re concerned about that as well.
“We’re confident with the investigations that we are conducting that we will vigorously bring this to an end and these persons will be arrested.”
The victim was in the Launceston General Hospital in a stable condition following “considerable surgery” to his leg.
A Kay Street home invasion, also in Kings Meadows, that took place on January 9 remains under investigation.
Police would not comment on whether the incidents were related.
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