Handguns are a mystery

POLICE are trying to find out how a 22-year-old woman obtained a murder weapon 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 located back at her Zamia Way home in Gracemere.

Just where these guns came from is now part of the major police investigation titled Operation Ice Imperial, which is underway in Rockhampton’s Criminal Investigation Branch.

The Morning Bulletin has received legal advice which prevents it from identifying the mother, father or baby.

Regional Crime Coordinator, 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.

Neighbours have told police they only heard 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.

Almost 40 officers from Rockhampton and Homicide in Brisbane are working on the case.

Inspector Wacker said investigations were still continuing which included profiling of the woman.



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