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NZ Police: Stokes Valley Shooting Investigation


Lower Hutt Police are seeking sightings of a red or maroon Mazda Astina 4 door liftback vehicle believed to be linked to an overnight home invasion in Stokes Valley.


The vehicle had been stolen from the lower level of the Westpac Stadium car park during business hours on Wednesday 11 November. At about 10.00 last evening Police discovered the car burning in the car park of Taita Bowling Club. An examination of the vehicle will take place today.


A scene examination at the address commenced last night and continues today. Investigators will continue to speak with witnesses and an area canvass is being conducted for further information.


The incident occurred at about 9.30 pm when a group of four masked offenders confronted a 37 year old male and his 44 year old female partner at an Amundsen Grove address. They and three teenagers at the address were getting ready for bed.


The offenders used two firearms at the address. The 37 year old male was shot once in the leg and the female was assaulted in the head by a shotgun butt before the four offenders drove away.


Police are seeking information from anyone who saw the Mazda Astina being stolen in Wellington city, being driven the Amundsen Grove, Stokes Valley area.


They would also like to hear about any suspicious behavior seen or heard near Taita Bowling Club around the time the car was set on fire.


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