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Tasmanian woman recovering in hospital after ‘targeted’ shooting

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A 34-year-old is under police guard in hospital after six teens were stabbed. Photo: ABC
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A Tasmanian woman who was shot in the leg at a property in the state’s north was likely the victim of a targeted attack.

The 47-year-old suffered a broken femur when she was hit by a single bullet at Trevallyn, a suburb of Launceston, around 6pm on Wednesday.

She is recovering in a stable condition at Launceston General Hospital.
Detective Acting Inspector Craig Fox said police received reports several shots were fired, but only one hit the woman.

“It’s not a random attack,” he told reporters.

“At this stage our inquiries indicate it’s not accidental.”

There were several people at the house at the time, including children.

Police say the shooting wasn’t domestic-violence related.

Investigators are yet to find the gun, while the bullet is being forensically tested.

Police received reports of gunshots in the area in the days before the shooting and have urged anyone who heard anything to come forward.

The woman, from nearby suburb Newnham, and the shooter were known to each other, police say.

“We have a specific line of inquiry. We’ll be hopefully catching up with a person very shortly,” Insp Fox said.