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Alleged shooter granted bail

A woman accused of shooting her former lover in the toilet of a McKellar home last month was granted bail on Thursday, with $50,000 surety and strict reporting conditions.

Louise Bai, 56, is accused of taking a friend's bolt action .22 rifle without their knowledge, and shooting the man in his right shoulder during a dispute.

Police say when they arrived at the scene, the victim said ''she shot me'', pointed towards Bai, and said ''I was on the toilet and she shot me''. Bai told police the gun accidentally went off, and that she hadn't intended to shoot anyone, court documents show. The alleged shooter was granted bail on the condition she reside with her brother in Bruce, report to Belconnen Police Station every day and not contact a number of people, including the alleged victim.

Bai was ordered to surrender her passport and told she could not leave the ACT. Her brother provided $50,000 surety. Prosecutors have charged Bai with attempted murder.

Last month, Bai appeared in court and entered pleas of not guilty for two charges, including the attempted murder charge, but entered no plea for a third charge related to the possession of the weapon.

He was shot in the right shoulder, and he told police that Bai began working the rifle’s bolt action, saying ‘‘I’m going to kill you and I want to die too’’.

The pair then wrestled over the rifle, police allege, before Bai hit him over the head with a large crystal ash tray.