Police talk to the driver of a passenger bus that was allegedly shot at yesterday morning. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
A passenger on her way to work in Dunedin yesterday heard a
''pop'' and watched in horror as a bus window shattered in an
alleged drive-by shooting.
Minutes before, she had been waiting for the bus in Bayfield
Rd, Musselburgh Rise, when a friend told her it was running
late, as the previous bus had been shot at.
''Oh my god, there it is again,'' Bev Ramsay recalled
thinking, as the window exploded just two seats in front of
Earlier, passengers from the first bus saw a white car speed
away as the window behind the driver shattered in Silverton
St, Andersons Bay, about 7.40am.
Mrs Ramsay said some of the same passengers were later taken
on her bus, and again watched a window behind the driver
shatter as a white car was driven off.
Yesterday, police said a 21-year-old unemployed Dunedin man
had been arrested at a residential property in connection
with the bus incidents and for allegedly firing into a window
of a Hunt St home.
Senior Sergeant Dave Scott, of Dunedin, said the man was
charged with wilful damage, with further Arms Act offences
pending because ''he put passengers at risk''.
The weapon was a ''slug-type pistol which fires metal
pellets'', and if it was able to break glass, it could have
had serious consequences for the drivers and their
passengers, he said.
''Clearly, the action of a man not thinking about the
''You don't need a firearms licence to use them, but clearly
we would expect if you bought one you would have a few clues
about you, and clearly this guy hasn't.''
Snr Sgt Scott confirmed there was a possible link to some
drive-by shootings earlier this month, involving paintball
The man was expected to appear in the Dunedin District Court
Ritchies regional manager (Otago) Malcolm Budd told the
Otago Daily Times he was pleased no-one was hurt in
the incidents, which left both drivers shaken.
It was particularly concerning both windows were near an area
reserved for disabled passengers or prams, he said.
The windows were replaced urgently at a cost of about $3000
apiece and both buses were returned to service yesterday
Mr Budd confirmed two buses were hit by paint ball pellets in
the same area a month ago, with a driver obtaining a
registration of a white car.