A man has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm
over a shooting in Flat Bush that has left a young in
critical condition with a stomach wound.
A 29-year-old man who lived at the Eastland Rd house where
the shooting took place on January 2 had been arrested and
would appear in Manukau District court today, police said.
But police still want to speak to Gareth Heron, 25, in
relation to the shooting outside the house late on January 2.
Mr Heron owns the same style gun - 0.22 calibre cut-down
rifle - from which the shot was fired, and his dark green
Mazda was seen outside the scene.
Detective Inspector Jim Gallagher said the 23-year-old victim
was in a bad way.
"The victim has sustained a potentially fatal bullet wound to
his stomach. His survival from that wound is of serious
The man had surgery yesterday and might be back in the
operating theatre today, Newstalk ZB reported.
Heron should be considered armed and dangerous and Mr
Gallagher said anyone with information should go directly to
"The concern of course is the fact that he has in his
possession a potentially loaded firearm. We're asking the
public not to approach him, or the car itself if seen."