Elderly man attacked, two teens shot

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 today.


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