Hunt for 'random' gunman ends in arrest after woman shot in the head as she sat in her car

| 06.11,19. 01:06 AM |



Hunt for 'random' gunman ends in arrest after woman shot in the head as she sat in her car


Photo: Police said the injured woman drove herself to nearby Manuka Oval for assistance. (ABC News: Alexandra Alvaro)

Police say "there is no longer a risk" to the public now that a man has been arrested over a shooting in Canberra's inner south, just two blocks from Parliament House.
About 8:10am on Tuesday ACT Policing received reports of a woman being shot while sitting in her parked car on Dominion Circuit in Forrest, after a man got out of another car and opened fire at her vehicle.
Officers said the woman then drove herself to nearby Manuka Oval, which is tonight hosting a T20 cricket match, and asked security guards for help.
Emergency services were called and she was taken to the Canberra Hospital, suffering gunshot and shrapnel wounds to the head, which officers said were not life-threatening.
A car, believed to belong to the woman, could be seen parked within the grounds of the oval with a smashed drivers-side window and cordoned-off by police tape.
Sergeant Simon Coady said police arrested a man in Weston Creek, about 8 kilometres away, after a three-hour ACT-wide manhunt.
Sergeant Coady could not confirm whether the woman knew the man, but said there was "no information to suggest it was a targeted attack".
He said it appeared to be a "very random act", but that the public was not at risk while the alleged gunman was on the run.
"I'm very pleased to say that we have taken a person into custody and recovered a firearm," Sergeant Coady said.
"Now that we have the person in custody there is no longer a risk, but at the time we dedicated a number of resources and we did everything we possibly could to ensure public safety."
After the arrest Sergeant Coady said it appeared drugs were a factor in the incident.
'Random' shooting had no relation to T20 match
Earlier on Tuesday morning, Superintendent Stephen Turnbull said the shooting appeared to be unrelated to the T20 match happening later tonight, but that the investigation was in its "very early stages".
"It's a very random act, and unexpected, it's not the sort of thing that happens in Canberra," he said.
"It's very much out of the ordinary.
"We want to make sure that Canberra is a safe place and [we are] putting as much resources as we can into investigating the matter."
The woman's condition is stable, though police are yet to speak to her.
Police are also still searching for a second person believed to be in the car with the alleged shooter.
The public has been called on to provide any information that might assist the investigation, including dash cam footage.
Officers expect the man to be charged with assault, robbery and firearm-related offences.


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