News from NZ Police
Five police divers and ten search staff have returned to Makara today to continue the search for the shotgun allegedly used in the Easter Monday shooting at Makara Beach. The search will primarily focus on the Makara Stream and roadside area.
Detective Senior Sergeant John van den Heuvel says “Yesterday afternoon we were able to interview the victim who is still in hospital and we now have a better understanding of the events that took place early Monday morning.”
“In addition to the two men arrested on the day, it’s clear a third person is involved and our investigation team is focused on identifying who this is.”
“Eight investigators remain working on the case and the arrested men are likely to face further serious charges when they next appear in the Wellington District Court on 14 May.
“The victim sustained a serious gun shoot wound and his recovery will no doubt be very lengthy, he’s expected to remain in hospital for at least another week.”
“Although this grisly crime was committed on their doorstep, I can again reassure the residents of Makara and visitors to the beach that they can feel safe in the area as it’s apparent this was a one-off event and none of the people involved are from the Makara community or nearby areas.”
News from NZ Police – April 21
Wellington Police have charged two middle aged men with serious assault following this morning’s shooting on Makara Beach. Both men will be appearing in court tomorrow morning. The victim is a 55 year old man who is in a stable condition with non-life threatening injuries in Wellington hospital.
The firearm used in the shooting is believed to be a shotgun and remains outstanding at this stage.
Police are still interested to hear from members of the public who may have seen a blue 1990 Mitsubishi Mirage car which was seen leaving the Makara beach area shortly after the incident heading towards Karori. Police would like to hear from anyone who has information in relation to this vehicle’s movements, the location of the firearm or the incident itself. Coontact the Wellington Central Police station on 04 381 2000. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police are speaking with and supporting the victim’s family.
Makara Beach has reopened to the public.
News from NZ Police – April 21 at 2pm
Wellington Police are continuing their investigation into a shooting at at Makara Beach early this morning. A man with gunshot wounds went to an address in Makara Beach early this morning, asking for assistance. He was taken to Wellington Hospital by the Westpac Rescue helicopter. He is in a serious but stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.
‘We have not yet been able to speak with him,’ said Detective Senior Sergeant John Van Den Heuvel.
Police are keen to hear from members of the public who may have seen a blue 1990 Mitsubishi Mirage car which was seen leaving the Makara beach area shortly after the incident heading towards Karori.
‘Police staff stopped this vehicle at a cordon this morning as it tried to enter Karori from Makara Road. The two occupants have been taken into custody in relation to the Makara incident’ said Mr Van Den Heuvel.
The firearm used in the shooting is believed to be a shotgun and is still outstanding. Police would like to hear from anyone who has information in relation to this or the shooting – contact the Wellington Central Police station on 04 381 2000. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Makara Beach remains cordoned off at this time and it is hoped to have the beach fully open by mid afternoon.
Earlier news from NZ Police
Wellington Police are investigating a firearms incident at Makara Beach this morning. At 5.15am, a man with gunshot wounds required assistance. Police and Ambulance were called and the man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Police have cordoned off part of Makara Beach while a scene examination is carried out. It is hoped to have the beach fully open by mid afternoon.
Police reassure the public that this is an isolated incident.