Breaking news this morning NZ time: A person has died in a stabbing during a robbery at the Railside Dairy, Henderson (dairy is a NZ term for a convenience store or corner shop) at 7.30am today.
Police have cordoned off the area and conducting a scene investigation. The deceased man is believed to be Mr Arun Kumar. His death comes days after Blesinda “Blessie” Gotingco was murdered after she got off a bus in neighboring Birkdale
UPDATE: The NZ Village fails its kids yet again. Police are ‘speaking to’ two youths ages 12 &13 in relation to the murder of 57-year-old owner Arun Kumar. source.
Sources say Mr Kumar was stabbed in the neck and died at the scene.
According to Stuff.co.nz
Cafe Cucina owner Jason Tsang said he heard a scream from one of his customers.
“All the shops have been closed,” he said.
“We will probably be closed for a few hours, it’s not looking good.”
Tsang said all the witnesses, including his wife, have been taken to the police station for statements.
Great North Bakehouse owner Sok Pa Kang called the police after the dairy owner’s wife came into his shop.
“I was at the back and she came in yelling at my wife to call the police because there had been a robbery,” he said.
“At first we didn’t know if it was a gun, or what.”
More to come…
Locals have their say
From the Trademe community
There was a fatal shooting in that very same place a few years back. Railside Ave gangstas paradise.
— Fallon (@FalzYo) June 9, 2014
Other incidents in this area
It’s everybody’s worst nightmare – to be standing on a street when a stranger comes out of nowhere and stabs you. On Monday, it happened to 65-year-old Kevan Newman. As he stood beside his car on the footpath in Railside Ave, Henderson, an agitated man raced across the street and plunged a long-bladed knife into him. Newman, a retired bus driver and instructor, died on the way to hospital…
Armed hold-ups are a daily occurrence in New Zealand, occasionally they happen in banks but it’s mostly service stations (gas stations) and dairies (corner shops) because they’re easy targets.
A few years ago a shop keeper was left to die in his shop after police prevented ambulance workers from entering the store, despite the assailant having already fled.