Woman Shot In Head While Sitting In Car In Canberra

Police say a woman is lucky to be alive after being shot in the head at point-blank range while sitting in her car in Canberra.

A man is expected to face assault, robbery and firearm charges over the shooting but police say that could be upgraded to attempted murder.

About 8am on Tuesday, a woman parked her car on Dominion Circuit, Forrest, in Canberra's inner south, when a man got out of a car and fired a gun at the woman's vehicle.

The woman, who had sustained gunshot and shrapnel wounds, drove to Manuka Oval where she called for help.

A security officer provided first aid.

She was taken to Canberra Hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not life-threatening.

Security had been bolstered at the oval ahead of the Australia versus Pakistan T20 cricket match on Tuesday night.

Detective Acting Station Sergeant Simon Coady confirmed a man had been taken into custody.

“As a result of some excellent police work, officers had a person in custody within three hours,” he said.

Police at the scene of a shooting. Image: AAP

Superintendent Stephen Turnbull described the incident as a "very random act".

"[It's] not the sort of thing that normally happens in Canberra. It's very much out of the ordinary," he said.

"We are treating it seriously. We want to make sure Canberra is a safe place and we'll be doing everything we can and putting in as many resources as we can into investigating the matter," Turnbull continued.

Anyone with CCTV or dash-cam footage of the area at the time of the incident is being urged to contact ACT Policing on 131 444.