Baby shot, mother dies
A GRACEMERE woman may have shot herself before crashing her car minutes after allegedly shooting her ex-husband and killing her eight-month-old baby on Tuesday night.
While the wounded man sought refuge in a nearby home and neighbours frantically tried to save the fatally injured baby boy, witnesses say the woman fled the Zamia Way home towards Rockhampton at 7.50pm in a black utility.
About 10 minutes later she crashed. A small handgun was found inside the car.
The 22-year-old suffered head injuries so severe that she died in Rockhampton Hospital yesterday morning.
The news of this chilling incident has shocked the Central Queensland community and left those involved in trying to save the baby in utter distress.
It's believed the baby suffered a gunshot wound to his head, but police would not confirm or deny this yesterday, nor would they comment on whether the woman had a gunshot wound herself, as they wait for a report from the coroner.
The man, 36, who suffered a gunshot wound to his stomach, is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing a number of operations at Rockhampton Hospital yesterday.
Police said the man and the woman were divorced last year after only being married for a few months.
The woman and their son were living in the Zamia Way home and it's believed the man was a Blackwater miner.
Regional crime coordinator Detective Inspector Jon Wacker said police were able to interview the man in hospital yesterday morning and he provided a version of events about the incident.
He is no longer under police guard, but is still recovering in hospital.
Inspector Wacker said neighbours told police they heard only two gunshots.
He said when neighbours saw the woman leave her home in her ex-husband's utility they went inside the house where they found the injured boy.
Neighbours immediately raced the infant across the road to another neighbour who was an off-duty ambulance officer and tried to provide assistance.
An ambulance soon arrived and took the child to hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Inspector Wacker said the man sought refuge from a resident in Lillypilly Avenue.
The woman was found injured in a single-vehicle accident in Upper Dawson Road at 8pm. She was the sole occupant and died in hospital at 3am yesterday.
Twenty-five investigators from Rockhampton Criminal Investigation Branch and Child Protection and Investigation Unit as well as Brisbane's Homicide squad are working on the case, codenamed Operation Ice Imperial.
Police had to set up four crime scenes – at the crash site, the woman's home, the neighbour's home and at the house the man sought refuge.