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Shot woman 'had assault rifle in her car'

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Steve Butcher

The scene of Tuesday's shooting in West Footscray.

The scene of Tuesday's shooting in West Footscray. Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones

A woman shot dead yesterday in a West Footscray street, allegedly by her defacto partner, is believed to have had the weapon in her car.

Fairfax can also reveal that the incident was captured on a CCTV camera installed at a nearby house.

Phillip Paul Bracken, 45, appeared this morning in Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with one count of murder.

The body of 58-year-old Helen Curtis was found in Clive Street yesterday afternoon near the home of Bracken's parents.

It is believed the weapon involved in the shooting was a semi-automatic assault rifle. The grey-bearded Bracken appeared in the dock wearing a rugby jumper, blue pants and white socks without shoes.

Prosecutor Sarah Kavanagh said Bracken was charged today and that a brief of evidence would be served by January 29.

Defence solicitor Brian Rolfe made no submissions on Bracken's behalf during the filing hearing, which set a date in March for a committal mention.

Bracken stood and looked at magistrate Simon Garnett, who remanded him in custody.

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