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Driver shot in car in Feilding; man arrested and charged

News from NZ Police
THere were two shooting incidents in the Manawatu district yesterday.

A shooting occurred in Makino Road, Feilding at about 8.50pm.

As a vehicle was driven along Makino Road, it was hit on the driver’s door by a single shot from what is believed to be a shotgun. The driver suffered a minor wound to his hand.

He was treated at Palmerston North Hospital.

A nearby house was cleared by members of the Manawatü Armed Offenders Squad.

A 28 year old Feilding man was subsequently found a short distance away and arrested. He is to appear in the Palmerston North District Court on Monday facing firearm related offences.

“Police believe that a dispute between two groups has escalated to a point where an innocent member of the public has been caught up in the middle of it,” says Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson. “It’s with a huge cup of good luck that we are not dealing with a homicide. Although some of the persons involved have gang associations this is not a gang related incident.”

The two groups have now met and with this arrest Police believe the situation has been de-escalated.

The earlier incident occurred at about 11.00 am when there were reports of a firearm being discharged at a house in Oakley Street in Palmerston North. Armed Police responded and spoke to a number of persons at the address. No complaints were forthcoming.

Police are continuing with inquiries and ask anyone with information concerning either the incident on Oakley Street or Makino Road to contact Detective Scott Rankin on (06) 3513600.

Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.