The name of the man fatally shot in his Gisborne home early
yesterday has been released by police.
He was 39-year-old Douglas Witeri.
Mr Witeri died overnight at Gisborne Hospital after being
admitted in a critical condition about 3am, police said.
A 42-year-old Gisborne man has been arrested and appeared in
court this morning.
He was charged with assault and remanded in custody until his
next appearance on Thursday, where Detective Senior Sergeant
Craig Scott said "a more appropriate charge will be laid".
Detectives and forensic scientists were continuing the scene
examination today at Kowhai Street house in the suburb of
Elgin where the shooting happened about 2.40am yesterday.
A post mortem examination would be conducted this afternoon
in Wellington to determine the cause of death, police said.
Police upgraded their investigation to a homicide inquiry
following Mr Witeri's death.
Mr Scott said the alleged offender made demands when he
arrived at Mr Witeri's home before the shooting.
"We believe this man is known to the two people who were at
The alleged gunman was arrested "without incident" by members
of the police armed offenders squad at another local address
between one and two hours after the shooting.
"We're looking at the scene and we'll continue to examine
that in conjunction with the ESR forensic scientists and
we're hoping to speak to anybody who may have information,"
Mr Scott said.
A vehicle believed to be connected to the incident was also
being examined, however the firearm used in the shooting had
not yet been found.
Police have urged anyone with information about the firearm
or the shooting to contact Gisborne police or the
Crimestoppers line, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Police Iwi Liaison and Victim Support staff were supporting
the man's family, police said.