Police say they know where Edward Livingstone got his
hands on the gun he used to kill his two children before
turning it on himself.
But officers piecing together the shooting are refusing to
say exactly where the prison worker, who did not have a gun
licence, acquired the weapon.
It will be weeks before the investigation into how
Livingstone came to kill his two children, Bradley, 9, and
Ellen, 6, sleeping in their beds at their Kiwi St home in
Dunedin last Wednesday night, will be completed.
The Herald revealed last week that Livingstone had earlier
told neighbours that he wanted to kill his family after
splitting with wife Katharine Webb in May last year.
Neighbour Mel Foot says she told police that Livingstone had
told her of his plan in August.
She said he had told her that he wanted to shoot his children
in their beds before torching the house with him in it.
He turned up at the St Leonards house last Wednesday night,
apparently carrying a petrol canister and letting himself in
with a secret key.
Ms Webb ran screaming to her next door neighbours, the Foots,
telling them Livingstone had a gun and wanted to kill "my
Mrs Foot's husband Chris tried to talk sense to his mate
Livingstone and narrowly avoided being killed when he was
also shot at.
Mrs Foot says she informed police of Livingstone's claims
five months ago, and that she was never formally interviewed.
She says police didn't take the complaint seriously.
Livingstone, 51, twice breached a protection order to stay
away from Ms Webb and the children.
Now, police say they are looking into their response to Mrs
Foot's claims last year.
"Late last week, police visited a number of residents in the
vicinity of the address where this tragic event took place,"
said Inspector Greg Sparrow, area commander for Dunedin,
Clutha and Waitaki.
"Police also on Friday evening met with an immediate
neighbour to discuss and listen to her concerns. Police are
looking into the matters she has raised as part of our wider
Mr Sparrow also confirmed that they know how Livingstone got
hold of the shotgun he used.
"Police identified early on in their inquiries how Mr
Livingstone accessed the gun and these details form part of
our inquiries and investigation."
Exactly where and how he got the gun, police have refused to
"These are the kinds of details we're working through as part
of our inquiries being conducted on behalf of the coroner."
Neighbours and friends of the couple, including a friend of
Livingstone's in Christchurch, have been interviewed by
A scene examination of the house was completed at the
But the investigation continues, with Mr Sparrow saying there
are "a significant number of inquiries to complete" and could
take a number of weeks.
Once the police inquiries are completed, a final report will
be passed on to the coroner for an inquest.
- Kurt Bayer of APNZ