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Second arrest: Hutt woman charged with shooting taxi driver in Miramar

News from NZ Police
Police have arrested a Lower Hutt woman in relation to the shooting of a taxi driver last Saturday night.

The 17-year-old appeared in the Wellington District Court yesterday charged with Wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and Unlawful possession of a firearm.

Police thank the public for their assistance and are pleased that anherot arrest has been made.

News from NZ Police – November 22
Police have arrested a 26-year-old man in relation to the shooting of a taxi driver in Miramar on Saturday night. The man was located at a Strathmore address overnight and has been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He is scheduled to appear in Wellington District Court this morning.

“This is a good result and should provide some reassurance both to the victim and the wider community,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee. “We’d like to thank the public for their assistance in this matter. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing, and we would still like to hear from anyone who has information which could assist our enquiries.”

Information can be provided to Wellington Police on 04 381 2000, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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News from NZ Police – November 20
Police would like to speak to 26-year-old Dylan Nuku in relation to the shooting of a taxi driver in Miramar. Nuku is 158 cm tall and is believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone who sees him is being urged to call 111 immediately.

A number of search warrants have been carried out today. Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee is appealing for Nuku to hand himself in. “Come forward to speak to Police.”

Earlier News from NZ Police
Wellington Police are following good leads as they continue to investigate the shooting of a taxi driver. The man was shot while in his cab on Stone Street in Miramar at about 9pm on Saturday.

He had taken a man and a woman from Wellington to Miramar and he was shot by one of them after a dispute about the fare.

He was shot in his shoulder with a small calibre weapon but managed to drive away before being treated by ambulance staff. He is recovering after surgery at Wellington Hospital.

“This shooting is a nasty unwarranted attack. We are fortunate that this is not a homicide investigation,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Warwick McKee of Wellington Area CIB. “Thankfully the victim is alright and is recovering after surgery.

“This attack was totally unprovoked and excessive. I am determined to resolve this investigation and establish who was responsible for this shooting.

“We are making good progress to determine the identity of the occupants of the taxi and who shot the driver. I am appealing to the community to come forward and assist us. Police would like to hear from anyone who may have any information or anyone who witnessed the shooting.”

Any witnesses should contact Wellington Police on 04 381 2000 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

News from NZ Police – 19 November
A taxi driver was shot in Wellington last night. He was shot in the shoulder while he was in his taxi on Stone Street in Miramar at about 9.10pm. He had taken two passengers – a man and a woman – from Courtenay Place to Stone Street where a dispute occurred over the fare.

The driver got himself to a nearby service station where he was able to get help before he was taken to Wellington Hospital.

He received moderate injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

Investigators are in the early stages of gathering information on the shooting. This includes a forensic examination of the taxi and a review of CCTV footage.

“A dispute over payment of the fare escalated into a staggering level of violence,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Tim Leitch. “This type of crime is unusual for Wellington and we want to reassure the community that Police are focussed on finding those responsible and recovering the weapon.”

Enquiries are being made into what type of firearm was used.

“While our investigation continues, people on Stone Street and the surrounding area will see a Police presence,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Leitch.

Police are seeking sightings of a Capital Taxis white Toyota Camry sedan and a man and a woman on foot on Stone Street between 9pm and 9.15pm.

If you can help us, please contact the enquiry team via 04 381 2000. Anyone who has information but wishes to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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