Possible gang link to Auckland shooting

Police have erected a cordon on Triangle Road in Massey. Photo / Tristan Parsons
Police have erected a cordon on Triangle Road in Massey. Photo / Tristan Parsons

A possible gang link is being investigated in relation to a double shooting in west Auckland this morning, police say.

A 23-year-old man was killed, and a 20-year-old man was critically injured in the shooting, which took place on Luanda Drive, Ranui, around 11am.

Detective Inspector Bruce Scott said police were investigating the possibility of gang links.

That's part of what we're looking at to see if they've got associations to gangs, but at the moment we can't say,'' he said at a media press conference this afternoon.

We are speaking to people in the vicinity, neighbours and the like, trying to piece together at the moment what's taken place and why,'' he said.

We're in the very early stages of the inquiry, and don't really have a lot to tell you at the moment.''

He could not confirm or deny reports of drug dealing taking place in the property, he said.

Police were called at 11.09am to Luanda Drive between Waitemata Drive and Glen Rd in Ranui.

One neighbour described hearing three loud shots from his house on Glen Rd around 11am.

"There were two in quick succession, and then there was a bit of a pause and then the third shot,'' said the man.

"It sounded close.''

Another neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said he heard screaming from his back garden around 11-11.30am.

"I was sitting on my deck and I heard screaming, and I thought it was coming from behind my house, but then I found out it was Luanda Dr.''

A young man, who lives in the house next door to where the shooting took place, said he heard arguing and yelling from the property last night.

"I heard arguing. I heard people yelling,'' said George, 17.

Arguments had been heard from the house in the past he said, but "not really that bad, until last night''.

Police have also erected a marquee over a vehicle on Triangle Rd in nearby Massey and cordoned off the road.

A local mechanic on Triangle Rd said he could see the scene where the vehicle was stopped "with tents and everything all over the top of it".

"I looked up there and there were cops all over the place."

Police cars had surrounded the vehicle and hemmed it in, the mechanic said.

"I've heard that they're still in the car."

"There's cops swarming all over down there and cops running around with rifles and Glocks."

The mechanic said he had been taking a vehicle for a road test and on returning to the garage was met with a "very, very heavy police presence".

"I said to the boys, 'there's something going on out there guys. There's cops everywhere and helicopters screaming around all over the place'."

Neighbours said the area was usually quiet, and said they were shocked by the shooting, especially as it came within days of the fatal stabbing of a mother and daughter on nearby Pooks Rd.

Luanda Dr appears to be a quiet street, with tidy timber-clad houses and neatly mowed gardens.

One woman said there were a lot of children in the neighbourhood.

"I'm worried for the kids," she said.

Police and forensics staff were also at the emergency entrance of Waitakere Hospital where they examining blood spots.

Members of the public were being directed to another entrance.

Northern fire communications shift manager Scott Osmond said they had been asked by police to secure the scene in Ranui due to the rain.

Ambulance staff confirmed they had attended an incident but said it was a police matter.







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