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Another firearms incident in Launceston

Police local

Police in Launceston are investigating a single shot being fired from a moving car in St Leonards last night.

The incident occurred on Killafaddy Road just after 9:30pm, when two male offenders in a late model dark dual cab utility were trespassing on a private property.

"There was a firearm discharged which wasn't necessarily shot at anyone. However, it's still very concerning to us that people committing crime would have firearms with them, that are loaded, and that are then discharged. That's a real concern to us and it should be a real concern to the public," Northern Police Commander Stuart Wilkinson told Tasmania Talks on Monday morning.

It's the 12th gun incident in Launceston since the beginning of March and comes only days after a 52-year-old man was shot outside his house in Invermay when he disturbed two car burglars.

He remains at the Launceston General Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

Only days before that, a taskforce was estbalished to tackle gun crime in the state's north. 

Authorities admit the recent rise in firearms offences is worrying and are reiterating calls for assistance from the public, either directly on 131 444 or anonymously via Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000).

"Putting a finger on what exactly is causing this spike is something that is troubling us. So while we don't necessarily see links between the incidents, we're not ruling that out," Commander Stuart said.