Two men are facing firearms charges in relation to a shooting
in Waikato which left a young woman with serious injuries.
A 19-year-old woman was hit in the chest and legs by a single
shot from a gun shortly before 1pm yesterday at a property in
Police said the teen underwent surgery in Waikato Hospital
overnight, and was now described as being in a stable
She was initially in a critical condition after the incident.
Detective Senior Sergeant Graham Pitkethley of Waikato police
said a 16-year-old male, and a 21-year-old man had been
arrested in relation to the shooting.
"Both will be appearing in court tomorrow. The 16-year-old
youth faces wounding with reckless disregard and unlawful
possession of ammunition charges in the Hamilton Youth Court,
and the 21-year-old a charge of unlawful possession of pistol
in the Hamilton District Court.
"Early indications are that the shooting may have been
A scene examination of the property on Russell Ave was being
carried out by police and ESR forensic staff, Mr Pitkethley
"Yesterday's incident highlights the risks associated with
not only the lawful use but also unlawful use of firearms,"
"The only way to prevent tragedies such as this from
occurring is by ensuring firearms are only used by firearms
licence holders or under their direct supervision and always
treat them as loaded. When not in use, firearms should be
secured away and stored separately from ammunition."
After the incident yesterday, a neighbour who asked not to be
named, said he heard a loud bang before seeing a male run
through his property.
"He [then] disappeared, and about 15 minutes later the cops
turned up with firearms," the neighbour said.
A spokeswoman from the Waikato District Health Board
confirmed the 19-year-old victim was in a serious but stable
condition in the Waikato Hospital high dependency unit.