AN autopsy will be carried out on Thursday on the body of a Queensland mother suspected of killing her baby son and wounding her ex-husband.

Police would not confirm or deny reports the woman, who died following a car crash after the shootings, sustained a bullet wound to the head.

The 22-year-old Gracemere woman is believed to have shot herself before crashing her car minutes after allegedly shooting her ex-husband and killing her eight-month-old baby on Tuesday night.

As the wounded man sought refuge in a nearby home and neighbours frantically tried to save the fatally injured baby boy, witnesses saw the woman flee her Zamia Way home towards Rockhampton at 7.50pm in a black utility.

About 10 minutes later she crashed.

A small handgun was found inside the car.

The woman suffered head injuries so severe she died in Rockhampton Hospital yesterday morning.

The news of the chilling incident shocked the Central Queensland community yesterday while those involved in trying to save the child were left in utter distress.

It’s believed the infant suffered a gunshot wound to his head, but police would not confirm or deny this yesterday, nor would they comment on whether the woman had a gunshot wound herself, as they wait for the results from autopsies.

The man, 36, who suffered a gunshot wound to his stomach, is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing a number of operations at Rockhampton Hospital yesterday.

Police said the man and the woman were divorced last year after being married for a only few months.

The woman and their son were living in the Zamia Way home and it’s believed the man was a Blackwater miner.

Regional crime co-ordinator Detective Inspector Jon Wacker said police were able to interview the man in hospital yesterday morning and he provided a version of events about the incident.

He is no longer under police guard, but is still recovering in hospital.

Inspector Wacker said neighbours told police they heard only two gunshots.

He said when neighbours saw the woman leave her home in her ex-husband’s utility they went inside the house where they found the injured child.

Neighbours immediately raced the boy across the road to another neighbour who was an off duty ambulance officer and tried to provide assistance.

An ambulance soon arrived and took him to hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival. Inspector Wacker said the man sought refuge from a resident in Lillypilly Avenue.

The woman was found badly injured after a single-vehicle accident in Upper Dawson Road at 8pm. She was the sole occupant and died in hospital at 3am yesterday.

Twenty-five investigators from Rockhampton Criminal Investigation Branch and Child Protection and Investigation Until as well as Brisbane’s Homicide squad are working on the case, codenamed Operation Ice Imperial.

Police had to set up four crime scenes: at the crash site, the woman’s home, the neighbour home where people tried to help the baby and the house where the man sought refuge.

About 10 officers from scenes of crime and forensics are also involved.

Inspector Wacker said investigations were still continuing, which included profiling the woman.

The victims were not identified on legal advice.

Listen to audio from the Gracemere homicide media conference:

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