A woman walked out of her north Queensland home and began to open her garage door when she was shot in the side of her face.
She'd been shot outside her Gibralta Road property about 8.20am on Wednesday by a man allegedly claiming to be owed money by the 40-year-old and her husband over a failed business venture.
The pair wrestled and she had crawled under a car to escape when her husband ran out of the home to see what was going on.
"He's attempted to protect his wife, he's kicked out at the offender," Senior Sergeant Joe Matheson told reporters in Townsville hours later.
The husband, 53, yelled to a nearby tradie for help.
He ran to lift the car off the woman, mistakenly thinking she was trapped, and was hit from behind with a claw hammer while trying to lift the vehicle.
Neighbours and the tradie restrained the attacker at the scene before police and paramedics arrived.
Police found a larger gun under the car, and a smaller firearm that had been thrown over the neighbour's fence.
The man, 47, is in custody and facing being charged with attempted murder charge among other offences.
Meanwhile, the two men and woman were taken to Townsville Hospital.