Neighbourhood feud linked to shooting

A double shooting which left one man dead and one critically injured may have been the result of a neighbourhood feud, police say.

Joshua Wayne Roach, 23, was killed on Luanda Drive, Ranui, about 11am yesterday.

The shooting also left an unnamed 20-year-old man in a critical condition. He underwent surgery yesterday at Auckland Hospital and his condition this morning was listed as stable.

Two men - a father and son Allen George Lum (41) and Trae Lorenz Lum (18) - appeared Waitakere District Court today on charges connected to the shooting.

Investigations have continued at the scene today with police going door-to-door in the neighbourhood, and forensic examinations ongoing.

‘‘The wider investigation is looking into the background and the associates of the people believed to be connected to this incident, however the information we have at this stage is that it appears to be the result of a dispute between neighbours," Detective Inspector Bruce Scott of the Waitemata police, said.

Police are still interested in hearing from anyone who may have witnessed yesterday's events or people who may have information on the background to the incident.

Allen George Lum, 41, appeared in court charged with illegally possessing a rifle.

His son Trae Lorenz Lum, 18, was charged with illegally carrying a rifle.

Both are listed on court documents as living at the same Ranui address. They appeared separately.

Allen appeared before a community magistrate and was remanded in custody until a bail application hearing next week.

Trae later appeared before Judge John Bergseng wearing a police-issue white boiler suit.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Gavin English said police had serious issues with allowing bail as they had yet to finish assessing the scene.

However, Trae's lawyer Murray Gibson said bail should be granted so his client could visit his wounded brother in hospital.

Judge Bergseng allowed bail but imposed several conditions. Trae is also due to reappear in court next week.

The public gallery at Waitakere District Court was filled to standing level with supporters.

Police were investigating a possible gang connection to the shooting.

Detective Inspector Bruce Scott said police were trying to piece together events which led to the shooting.

After the shooting, two people drove the injured man to hospital.

Their bloodstained car was later pulled over by police in Triangle Rd and seized for forensic examination.

The two occupants were assisting police with their inquiries, Mr Scott said.

Police believed more than one person fired shots. Mr Scott confirmed a firearm had been found at the scene.

- by Brendan Manning 

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