Invercargill shooting-accused 'acted in self-defence'

A man accused of shooting another near Invercargill last night was acting in self-defence, a court has heard.

The man (34), who has been granted interim name suppression, appeared before Judge Peter Rollo in the Invercargill District Court today on a charge of wounding with intent at Kapuka.

Defence counsel Scott Williamson said the man admitted he was the shooter .

"There is no doubt the defendant has shot the complainant."

Mr Williamson said the shooting took place at the man's house.

"He's been made to act in self-defence."

The man agreed to be remanded in custody as police were still to investigate the address and talk to the various people involved, and he believed they would have concerns regarding the man interfering with witnesses, Mr Williamson said.

However, he asked for a short remand and added he would be applying for bail for his client at his next appearance.

The man had no previous convictions, he said.

Judge Rollo remanded the man in custody to appear on May 31. He also ordered the man not to contact the victim.

A statement released earlier today said police were called to a Kapuka address about 10.20pm last night after reports of a firearm incident. The Armed Offenders Squad was deployed.

One person received a gunshot wound to the leg and was taken to Southland Hospital where they were receiving treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

The offender and the victim were known to each other, the statement said.

Police were not seeking anyone else in relation to the shooting.

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