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Fatal Drive-By Shooting Waharoa

Fatal Drive-By Shooting Waharoa

27 July 2008

Two properties have been cordoned off for forensic examination following a fatal drive-by shooting in the small Waikato community of Waharoa early this morning.

Waikato Crime Services Manager, Detective Inspector Peter Devoy, said the incident occurred at a McGowan St address about 1am.

"It appears our victim has been at another address where a disagreement of some sought has happened, they have left and were standing outside the McGowan St property when a car approached from a westerly direction.

"Pulling up on the roadside near the victim's group someone in the car has fired a volley of shots, a number of which have struck our victim."

The man shot is described as a 28-year-old local, no further details are available on his identity at this time.

"Driving off the car has then returned to the McGowan St address a very short time later, pulled up and fired a second volley of shots," said Mr Devoy.

"No one was injured in this second volley," he said.

Police investigating the shooting were able to locate a number of witnesses and are currently interviewing three people they believe may be able to shed some light on this morning's events.

"As a result of the shooting the Waikato Armed Offenders Squad was activated and arrived in Waharoa shortly before 3am.

"About 5am a Hedley St address was secured by armed officers and this is currently cordoned off to allow forensic experts and Police investigators to carry out examinations," said Mr Devoy.

Police are asking that Waharoa and Matamata residents remain calm and cooperate with officers working on the investigation.

"One of the advantages of living in small communities is that everyone knows everyone else, we want to tap into that knowledge and are asking anyone with information to contact the Matamata station," said Mr Devoy.

"We're also asking that people don't jump to conclusions in regards to what has occurred and let the investigation team do their job," he said.

A press conference is scheduled to be held outside the Matamata Police Station at 3pm today


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