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Police hunt for clues after Vic woman shot

AAP logoAAP 9/01/2017

Victoria Police are still not sure how a middle-aged woman came to be shot when she peered over her back fence to investigate the sound of gunshots.

The 55-year-old Sunshine woman was shot in the arm on Monday afternoon.

"A series of shots were heard (and) the female victim has had a look over her fence and within a short time she's been struck to the left arm with a discharge from the firearm," Detective Sergeant Ricky Millar told 3AW on Tuesday.

He said the Melbourne woman may have been hit by mistake or what he termed "misadventure".

"There's nothing to suggest she was targeted for any reason at all," Det Sgt Millar said.

The victim was taken to Sunshine Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Nine Network reports she received a puncture wound that didn't require surgery and is now recovering at home.

The weapon involved was a .22 calibre or similar, police say.

Officers on Tuesday morning were searching grassland and a creek behind the victim's house. They believe the person who fired the gun was on foot.

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