Person seriously injured after being shot in Auckland

2019-02-16 22:32:00

Two men have been wounded after a shooting incident at a south Auckland boat ramp.

A police spokeswoman said police were called to an incident where a person had been shot on Coronation Rd, in Māngere Bridge at 5.40am on Sunday.

A man with a gunshot wound was transported to Auckland Hospital in a serious condition, and was in a stable condition later on Sunday morning.    A second man suffered moderate facial injuries during the incident.

Māngere Bridge resident Jeremy Fraser was awake with his three-year-old and 8-month-old children when he heard the shooting take place at the nearby boat ramp.

Fraser said the shooting was just before daybreak.

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It was still quite dark and the bridge was dimly lit but Fraser could see people running past headlights, he said.

"Some people were running away, some cars were leaving and one car left faster than others," Fraser said.

"It didn't take long for police cars and the ambulance to respond down the bridge."

Residents have been concerned about people's behaviour on the bridge for a long time.

At early hours on many weekends, residents complain there is loud music, drinking and even sexual encounters at the bridge despite having a liquor ban and clearway between 10pm and 4pm.

Fraser had made a noise complaint at 3.45am on Sunday when he noticed five cars had pulled up to the old bridge, he said.

While the shooting was "unfortunate", Fraser and his wife were not surprised, he said.

"Maybe there's just a bit of desensitisation that's gone on.

"The fact that it's become part and parcel of this bridge now -  that it hasn't been managed properly or policed [so] that this kind of behaviour has been allowed to escalate to this point.

"When something like this happens an hour and a half after that call, you have to wonder how much more seriously we need to take this.

"It's not like it's a new problem - it's been going on for years and it sounds like the police do want to have an ultimate fix, it just sounds like the council aren't doing their job properly by managing not only our area but really, my kind of front yard."

A resident who did not want to be named said a crowd of partygoers had turned up at the wharf at 3.45am on Sunday.

She did not know if the crowd was connected to the shooting but after the incident, partygoers could be seen being interviewed by police inside the cordon.

Another resident, who has was fed up with partygoers on the bridge, said a community meeting, which had been planned since 2018, would be held at 7.30pm on Monday, at Māngere Bridge School Hall.

A police spokeswoman inquiries were ongoing to locate the offender or offenders.

There are cordons around the scene of the shooting on Coronation Rd, Kiwi Esplanade and at the end of the walkway on the bridge, she said.

The Eagle helicopter could be seen circling the area about 9.30am.

Police officers were still walking around the site, however there were very few members of the public in the area - just cyclists heading down a nearby road.

A scene examination was under way on Coronation Rd and cordons are in place while police staff work in the area.

If anyone has information which could help the investigation team, please call Counties Manukau Crime Squad on 09 261 1321 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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