Think New Zealand is a quiet, peaceful place with little violent crime? Not a bit of it, New Zealand has an horrendous reputation for casual, violent crime – much of it in public places.
Take for instance, the early morning shooting today of three people, one of them legally still a child, in an Auckland park just 350 metres from a primary school (explore the Google Street view above).
Police are searching for a man who fired a gun into a crowd of about 40 people. According to Three News…
Police were called around 4:30am after reports of shots being fired in Mangere. Police believe a group of 40 people had been gathered drinking at a reserve on Yates Rd.
According to reports, a man then entered the reserve armed with a gun and fired three shots into the group before fleeing the scene…
A 22-year-old was taken to Middlemore Hospital with gunshot wounds to the leg and abdomen, along with a 16-year-old and a 24-year-old, who both have gunshot wounds to the leg.
The 22-year-old victim has now been transferred to Auckland Hospital, and police say while his injuries are serious they are not thought to be life-threatening. The other two remain in hospital.
A large number of enquiries have now been launched by police, and so far very few of the people gathered in the reserve have come forward… more here
residents told 3 News they heard a series of bangs. They say the area is a notorious party street, and incidents like this are a regular occurrence. One person said they want a stronger police presence across the neighbourhood. source
Dawn Williams, 58, who lives opposite the park, said the small reserve was “a drug dealing place“. “We see it,” she said.
Another neighbour said she saw the same cars visiting the park regularly.
“We called the police for suspicions of drug dealing but they didn’t do anything about it,” the neighbour said.
- A 22 year old man has serious gunshot wounds to his legs and abdomen
- A 16 year old youth has gunshot wounds to his legs
- A 24 year old man has gunshot wounds to his legs