Police search vehicle in carpark

HOBART SHOOTING ARREST MADE Tas Police search a car following the Hobart arrest
An arrest has been made in connection with a shooting in Hobart's CBD on the weekend.

Around 11am this morning, police arrested a man in relation to the shooting incident, which occurred at Pablo’s Cocktails and Dreams early Sunday morning.

Police say the arrest was conducted safely in the Hobart city, in the vicinity of Office Works.

Detectives investigating the Hobart firearms incident confirmed yesterday an unregistered SKS semi-automatic rifle was used to discharge approximately 20 shots into the door of Pablo’s Cocktails and Dreams early Sunday morning.

The ongoing police investigation determined the origin of the rifle and ammunition, which were located by police during a search of the area shortly after the incident.

“It is concerning that a rifle of this calibre was carried and used in the Hobart CBD,” said Inspector Adrian Bodnar. “I assure members of the community that the ongoing police investigation is thorough and following particular lines of enquiry that strongly suggest this incident was targeted.”

As part of the investigation police urged anyone who saw two people acting suspiciously or running in the area of Harrington Lane, Harrington Street, and Bathurst Street around 12.06am Sunday morning to contact police or Crime Stoppers anonymously. It is not know at this stage if information from a tip off lead to today's arrest. 

Investigators yesterday appealed to two potential witnesses who were standing on the intersection of Bathurst Street and Watchorn Street, and then walked west on Bathurst Street. A potential third witness briefly crossed the road to a laneway adjacent to Elite Appliances before returning to the group.

The first offender was described as:
 male up to 40 years of age
 red facial hair
 173cm - 182cm tall
 thick set/muscly build
 wearing a long sleeve black top, black tradies trousers and black boots.

The second was described as wearing a dark or grey coloured top and dark jeans.

Police are still seeking any dash-cam footage of the Harrington and Bathurst Street areas around the time of the incident, or information in relation to the incident itself.

Hobart CIB lead the investigation and can be contacted on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperstas.com.au