Karitane shooting: Man charged with attempted murder

A 24-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder following a shooting at a Karitane house, north of Dunedin.

Police, including members of the Armed Offenders Squad, were called to the property in Coast Rd at  3.20pm today after a man was shot and critically injured. 

The Otago Daily Times understands he was shot in the head.

St John was alerted to the incident at 3.35pm and sent one ambulance, a rapid response unit, a St John manager and one helicopter to the scene.

A man on a stretcher was seen being loaded into a helicopter about 4.45pm. He has been taken to Christchurch Hospital, police said tonight.

Police arrested the suspect soon after the shooting.

An ODT reporter witnessed a man in handcuffs who had been arrested on the side of State Highway 1, near Waitati.  He was then put into a police car by a member of the AOS  just after 4pm.

There were at least four police vehicles at the scene.  

A man was arrested on SH1 near Waitati. Photo: Craig Baxter
A man was arrested on SH1 near Waitati. Photo: Craig Baxter
Detective Inspector Stu Harvey, of Dunedin, said tonight the arrested man faces a charge of attempted murder and will appear in the Dunedin District Court on Saturday.

"Police are still working to establish the circumstances, however it is believe the two men were known to each other."

Det Insp Harvey said police were not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

A scene guard remained at the property tonight while the examination continued.

He appealed for anyone with information about the shooting to contact police on 105 and quote file number 211015/4195.

A helicopter takes off with a critically injured person on board from a house in Coast Rd north...
A helicopter takes off with a critically injured person on board from a house in Coast Rd north of Dunedin. Photo: Daisy Hudson
Earlier, police left with several members of the public who appeared upset.

A Coast Rd resident told the ODT they had heard about the incident from their daughter who had told them to stay inside.

Another resident said they could hear a helicopter overhead.

Police at the scene at Karitane where a person was seriously injured. Photo: Craig Baxter
Police at the scene at Karitane where a person was seriously injured. Photo: Craig Baxter

 

 

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