A man was shot in the face with an air-pistol by a
ginger-haired assailant who laughed as he drove away, police
The victim was shot just below the eye yesterday while
standing by his car at a rest area in the Waioeka Gorge,
between Gisborne and Opotiki.
The 20-year-old man was driving back to Auckland's North
Shore from the Rhythm and Vines festival in Gisborne with
friends and had stopped about midday, police said.
The driver got out of the car and was standing beside the
As a line of traffic passed, a person in the passenger seat
of a dark-coloured SUV pointed an air-pistol at the driver
and his car.
He shot the car and then the driver, with the pellet lodging
in tissue just beneath the victim's eye.
Police said the victim was in hospital in a stable condition
and would undergo surgery to remove the pellet.
The shooter is described as a white male with light or ginger
hair, and was heard to laugh as they drove off.
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or saw similar
behaviour around this time and location is urged to contact
Detective Sergeant Steven Pivac at North Shore Police on 09
477 5000, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.