Another shooting rampage has occurred in New Zealand, this time in the small Canterbury township of Ashburton.
One news report stated
POLICE have named the suspect in a shooting rampage at a government job agency in New Zealand that claimed two lives.
A man wearing a black balaclava entered the Work and Income office (WINZ) in the South Island town of Ashburton just after 10am and fired a gun, police said.
Two people were shot dead, police confirmed, with a third in a serious but stable condition.
The man was seen leaving on a bicycle afterwards and is still on the loose.
Police say the “alleged offender and a person of interest” is John Henry Tully.
Police say it is believed the 48-year-old was last seen wearing camouflage clothing and a balaclava, and may have been in the possession of a sawn-off shotgun.
Canterbury District Superintendent Gary Knowles said Tully, 48, may have shaved his head…
Tully, who has a debilitating illness had returned home to New Zealand to die, he’d recently be made homeless.
ONE News reporter Donna-Marie Lever says she has been told by residents that the man is a local and that he “did have an axe to grind with the WINZ and had been trespassed from the office in the past.”
Lever said she understands the man was very calm when he entered the office, but that there was a lot of screaming after the shooting and that he was yelling as he fled the scene…
“You’ve blown her to bits”
One witness, who didn’t want to be named, said he saw a staff member from Work and Income run from the shop after the shooter yelling “You bastard, you’ve blown her to bits”, The New Zealand Herald reported.
A postie at a business across the road heard the man screaming and swearing as he left the building…
The incident is ongoing and the alleged shooter is said to be holed up somewhere in the town. Residents are advised to stay indoors and lock their doors until he is found.
It has prompted nationwide discussions on the effects the present NZ government’s policies are having on vulnerable people, and their treatment by government workers. This post appears on the TradeMe forum today, there is no indication of the location of this particular WINZ office.
Our deepest condolences are extended to the families and colleagues of the deceased.
If you, or anyone you know, has fallen foul of WINZ guidlines or hardline policies we’d like to hear from you.
John Key shows his naivety. This is the country his policies create. Shocked at #winzshooting in Ashburton
— MarkG (@nzkopite) September 1, 2014
— Carena Scott (@carenasdesigns) September 1, 2014
Ashburton shooter still on run-Yahoo NZ https://t.co/So8dFjBIUp. Sorry for the dead. This man must of had enough of WINZ’s treatment.
— Aroha Patupaiarehe (@Patupaiarehe13) September 1, 2014