On Monday morning, June 10, 2002, a 48-year old Australian woman, Maree Lyn Savage was struck by a 9mm bullet while sunbathing with her husband at the pool of the Kuta Beach Hotel. The resulting stomach wound was treated on an outpatient basis at the nearby Bali International Medical Center.
Police are encountering difficulties in solving the shooting that is seemingly without motive and are considering the possibility that the wounds were inflicted by a stray bullet fired from some distance from the hotel. That the victim, her husband, hotel staff and other guests at the hotel report that the incident happened without the accompanying sound of gun fire and the minor injuries resulting from what is normally a highly destructive calibre of bullet are consistent with the view that the bullet was stray and moving at a relatively slow rate when it struck Mrs. Savage.
A 9mm slug discovered near the victim has been sent to police forensic laboratories for further study. Top police investigators having been assigned to the case.
Meanwhile, Bali Chief of Tourism, Dr. I Gede Pitana, has called on police authorities to spare no effort to solving the case emphasizing the need for Bali to preserve its reputation as a safe destination for tourists.
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