Arrest over Auckland shooting

A man has been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm over a shooting in Flat Bush that has left a young in critical condition with a stomach wound.

A 29-year-old man who lived at the Eastland Rd house where the shooting took place on January 2 had been arrested and would appear in Manukau District court today, police said.

But police still want to speak to Gareth Heron, 25, in relation to the shooting outside the house late on January 2.

Mr Heron owns the same style gun - 0.22 calibre cut-down rifle - from which the shot was fired, and his dark green Mazda was seen outside the scene.

Detective Inspector Jim Gallagher said the 23-year-old victim was in a bad way.

"The victim has sustained a potentially fatal bullet wound to his stomach. His survival from that wound is of serious concern."

The man had surgery yesterday and might be back in the operating theatre today, Newstalk ZB reported.

Heron should be considered armed and dangerous and Mr Gallagher said anyone with information should go directly to police.

"The concern of course is the fact that he has in his possession a potentially loaded firearm. We're asking the public not to approach him, or the car itself if seen."


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