Gun origin a mystery
POLICE are trying to find out how a 22-year-old woman obtained a gun she allegedly used to kill her eight-month-old son and shoot her ex-husband this week.
The woman had two small handguns in her possession on Tuesday night.
One gun was found in the car she later crashed on Upper Dawson Road in Rockhampton, and the other was discovered at her Zamia Way home in Gracemere.
Just where these guns came from is now part of a major police investigation titled Operation Ice Imperial, which is under way at Rockhampton’s Criminal Investigation Branch.
The Morning Bulletin has received legal advice which prevents us from identifying the mother, father or the baby.
Regional crime co-ordinator Detective Inspector Jon Wacker yesterday said the woman was not a licensed gun holder.
He said detectives were trying to identify where the small .22 calibre handguns came from.
It is unclear which gun may have fired the fatal shot to the baby boy or to the man’s stomach.
But neighbours have told police they heard only two gunshots on Tuesday at 7.50pm.
It’s believed the boy was shot in the head before neighbours frantically tried to save his life.
The mother, 22, who left her home after the shooting, may have also shot herself before crashing her ex-husband’s utility at 8pm.
Autopsies were completed on both the mother and the boy yesterday but police would not reveal a cause of death.
Officers are preparing a report to the coroner.
The man, 36, is expected to make a full recovery and was last night in a stable condition at Rockhampton Hospital. Yesterday he underwent his second operation.
Almost 40 officers from Rockhampton and Brisbane’s Homicide Squad are working on the case.
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh told AAP investigations were being carried out into the family’s history.
“In these sorts of cases we always conduct very thorough investigations,” she told reporters in Brisbane.
“If there has been any background that should have set some alarm bells, then we’ll certainly be looking into it.
“But right now we’ve got a family that’s suffered an extraordinary loss and tragedy and our thoughts are with this little child’s remaining relatives.”
Investigations are continuing.
Tuesday, July 6 at Zamia Way, Gracemere:
7.50pm: Neighbours hear two gunshots. Man, 36, flees the home towards Lilly Pilly Avenue. Woman, 22, seen leaving her home in her ex-husband’s utility.
7.55pm: Neighbours find an injured baby inside the home and try desperately to save the boy’s life. Emergency services called. Man seeks refuge with a resident.
8pm: Woman crashes in Upper Dawson Road, Rockhampton. Emergency services called to the scene of the crash.
8.10pm: Baby boy dies on the way to Rockhampton Hospital.
3am: Woman dies in hospital from severe head injuries.
Wednesday, July 7
Autopsies conducted on baby boy and his mother. Police won’t reveal cause of death.
Investigations continue into handgun mystery