Police are hunting for the culprits in a drive-by shooting in
Waipukurau at the weekend that left a house significantly
damaged by shotgun fire.
Police said two shots were fired from a vehicle at a home in
Racecourse Rd, Waipukurau, about 6.30pm on Saturday.
Detective Sergeant Heath Jones said a family of three adults
and two children were in the house at the time of the attack
but were all uninjured.
"It's very fortunate that no one was hurt.
"This could have had a catastrophic result."
The shots had caused damage to the exterior, and parts of the
interior, of the house.
Some of the discharge from the shotgun had gone through a
A Mackie St resident told Hawke's Bay Today she heard the two
gunshots but didn't think anything of them.
"I must admit, I did hear two shots but because we've had so
many duck shooters at Hatuma Lake, it made me disregard
The resident said the house shot in the drive-by was on the
corner of Racecourse Rd and Freyburg Tce.
Mr Jones said police believed the incident was gang related
but the motivation behind the attack was "quite unclear".
Police were taking the incident "very seriously", Mr Jones
They would like to hear from anyone living in the area who
heard or saw a dark-coloured four-door sedan leaving the area
Mr Heath said following the attack, the vehicle turned left
into Freyberg Tce and right into Mackie St.
Anyone with information can contact the Waipukurau police, or
call the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555111.
- Hawke's Bay Today