An elderly man has been attacked and two teenagers shot
during a home invasion in Waikato overnight.
Police and ambulance staff were called to a geriatric
hospital in in Thames about 8.20pm after the victims ran
there for help, Detective Sergeant Martyn Hughes said.
A 73-year-old man and a 17-year-old young woman were at home
when a vehicle pulled up the drive, he said.
The man went outside to see who it was and was attacked by
three men wearing balaclavas who took him back inside.
A short time later an 18-year-old friend arrived at the house
and he was also held at gunpoint by the men.
"At some point a shotgun has gone off inside the house and
the intruders have fled the property," Mr Hughes said.
The young woman and her friend suffered shotgun wounds
It was initially reported the woman was the sole casualty
during the shooting but more information confirmed her friend
was also wounded in the incident, Mr Hughes said.
"Both injured people were assessed as requiring surgery for
their injuries and were to be transferred to Waikato
Hospital, but they both discharged themselves overnight."
The elderly man suffered facial injuries and shock and was
kept in Thames Hospital overnight for observation, he said.
"When spoken to by police the victims described the
offenders' vehicle being a silver and dark coloured flat deck
utility and police would like to hear from anyone who saw
such a vehicle in or around Parawai Rd about the time of the
incident or who saw or heard anything."
Anyone with any information was asked to contact the Thames
Police on 07 858 6200, Mr Hughes said.
Alternatively, information could be left anonymously with the
independent Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
A scene examination would be undertaken at the property