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Homicide inquiry after suspected shooting in south Auckland

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Homicide inquiry after suspected shooting in south Auckland

Homicide investigation has been launched after the death of a person in south Auckland.

Police responded to reports of a person hearing a gunshot noise near an address in Calthorp Close, at around 2.50am on Wednesday. 

A person was found dead inside the house.

“We’re working to understand the circumstances of the death,” a spokeswoman said.

A man, who lived nearby, told that he heard a single gun shot and shouts of “angry men” in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A white tent has been erected and police stand guard outside a Favona house where a body was found.
white tent has been erected and police stand guard outside a Favona house where a body was found.

He said incidents on the road had been quite eventful in the past year and he wouldn’t let his kids play outside anymore.

“I hate this street. Everyone’s got a gun around here,” he said.

Armed police have cordoned off the road, with officers checking each vehicle before allowing it to pass through. 

Police investigating a death in Favona have taped off the road.
Police investigating a death in Favona have taped off the road.

A white tent has been set up outside a property beside a blue police van and a police photographer could be seen taking photos.

Residents were sitting on their porches and peeking through their windows in a bid to see what was happening.

A fire engine and a truck labelled “mobile police base” were also sent to the scene but have since left.

Police said officers were called to the home after reports of a gunshot being heard.
Police said officers were called to the home after reports of a gunshot being heard.

Police said a post mortem examination and victim identification are still to be carried out.

Acting Detective Inspector Shaun Vickers said the community should be reassured that a number of detectives were working on the investigation.

“Police have also increased frontline patrols in the wider area,” he added.

In December, a man was seriously injured after being shot on the same road. He was taken to Middlemore Hospital for treatment.

Vickers said it was too early to speculate on whether the two incidents were connected, but it would form part of the police investigation.

At least three people have died in suspicious or homicidal circumstances in New Zealand so far in 2020. At the same time last year there had been one homicide.

Police are appealing for anyone with information on the Favona death to contact Counties Manukau Crime Squad on 09 261 1321.

Information can also be provided anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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