A man has been seriously injured after being shot outside a house in northern Tasmania, the latest in a spate of gun incidents in the region.
The 52-year-old confronted two men trying to steal from his car in suburban Launceston in the early hours of Thursday.
Police say he was wounded in his upper legs, arms, chest and torso and is in hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Neighbours rushed to help the man, who had been inside the house with family.
"To be confronted by that scene ... (it) must have been terrifying. I'd like to thank them for their assistance," Detective Inspector Craig Fox told reporters.
Two shots were fired, one into the air, following a "verbal confrontation" outside the house.
Investigators would like to speak to anyone who saw two men acting suspiciously in the Invermay street about 1.30am.
One suspect is described as 170cm tall with a slender build and wearing black clothing, with the other 175cm tall, heavy set and wearing a large black hooded jacket.
Tasmania Police launched a crackdown on illegal firearms in the region earlier this month after a "concerning" number of shootings.
There have been almost a dozen gun incidents in the region across two months, the vast majority involving people known to each other.
"There's no doubt gun crime in Launceston at the moment is a serious concern," Insp Fox said.
"These things tend to come in waves. Definitely in the last eight-to-10 weeks there has been an increase.
"You can infer there's a drug element, there's definitely a criminal element. There are multiple people in Launceston who should not have guns."
Police are planning additional mobile firearms amnesties, where people can hand in unregistered guns without fear of being prosecuted, in the north and west.