Wairoa rugby shooting inquiry ongoing

Police will today interview more witnesses to a Mongrel Mob member firing a shotgun into a rugby match crowd in the northern Hawke's Bay town of Wairoa on Saturday.

The game was attended by a large number of Black Power members, who were supporting a team from Raupunga that played Wairoa-based team Tapuwai, which police said was aligned with the Mongrel Mob.

The game had progressed without incident, apart from a short scuffle on the sidelines between the two gangs.

As spectators were leaving the ground a white ute drove into the Lambton Square sports carpark with about six Mongrel Mob members and associates on the back.

Two of the bigger gang members then jumped off and chased a 15-year-old boy.

The two were restrained by some in the crowd but a third person on the back of the ute fired four to five shotgun rounds in the air and into the air above the crowd.

"It was a miracle no-one was hurt," Detective Sergeant John McCarthy told NZPA yesterday.

Mr McCarthy said today police would continue speaking to the large number of witnesses who were in the carpark when the shooting took place.

"It's important that we speak to as many people as possible who were in the carpark at the time.

"There have been various versions of what took place and we need to work our way through a lot of information," he said.

Police yesterday said they had found the white Nissan ute at a house in Wairoa.

They were yet to make any arrests.

Mr McCarthy said it was another cowardly gang shooting in Wairoa.

Last October a Mongrel Mob member was shot through the window of his vehicle by a Black Power member at the Mobil service station in Wairoa. Police have recently arrested and charged a man over the shooting.



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