There’s been another fatal shooting, this time outside of Papakura railway station in the early hours of this morning.
The incident, in which a 26 year old man was killed and a 27 year old man was critically injured, caused disruption for morning commuters.
Police have taken a 28 year old man into custody and begun a murder investigation. The man will appear in court on Monday.
Gun cache seized during drug raid
There are an estimated 1.1 million firearms in circulation in New Zealand (population 4.4 million). Police don’t know the exact number because not a single one has to be licenced – just the owners.
Yesterday police seized an arsenal of firearms including military assault rifles during raids on a crystal meth operation in South Auckland.
Officers on Thursday arrested a 37-year-old man after finding what they say was $500,000 worth of methamphetamine and $150,000 in cash at his apartment, and a secret room with a meth lab and two firearms at a “heavily-fortified” Takanini warehouse. A search of a nearby house found 14 guns, including AK47s and M16s, with some hidden in the ceiling, Detective Senior Sergeant Lloyd Schmid said.
“The fact that we’ve found such an elaborate meth set-up, as well as so many guns, will have organised crime at its roots.” … The haul , and the recent shooting of four police officers in Kawerau, prompted Labour’s police spokesperson, Stuart Nash, to call for an independent inquiry into the availability of guns.
“In the 2011-12 year there were 1010 guns confiscated. That rose to 1504 in the 2014-15 year. We need to know what is driving this behaviour,” he said. source
There is no suggestion that today’s shooting (also in South Auckland) was linked to the arms cache find, nor the armed siege earlier this week in which four police officers were shot in a drugs raid in Kawerau.
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