Days after two people were found shot to death in a Nelson campsite, and the revelation that New Zealand has one of the highest murder rates in the OECD, a homicide investigation has been launched following the discovery of the bodies of two men in a house in Hokitika.
Present reports don’t give any indication of the cause of death but earlier reports say that it may have been a double shooting:
“Inspector John Canning said police arrived at the Fitzherbert St, Hokitika, property at 2.55pm this afternoon.
They were met outside by a distressed man and after searching the house they discovered the bodies of two men.
A man in his 40s is currently assisting police with their inquiries, Mr Canning said.
Police said the dead men are yet to be identified.
Mr Canning said the identities of the men would not be released until next-of-kin has been advised.
Officers from Greymouth, Nelson and Blenheim had been sent to assist local police.
A Press reporter at the scene says a dozen bystanders are watching outside a cordon around 25 metres from the house. Police are going in and out of the small bungalow.
An employee of Fitzherbert Court Motel, around 300m from the scene, said he did not hear anything leading up to the shooting. “I can see what’s going on, but I have no idea [about details]. They’ve cordoned off a house and maybe a house next door.”
He said the scene was a “normal residential house”. There were “half a dozen police cars” at the address.
Traffic had been diverted away from the main road. “
The incident has already prompted a flurry of activity within the Tradme community and heated debated about NZ’s gun controls See “And another shooting”
The deceased woman was later named as Nicky Barker who may have lived in, or originally come, from Britain.