Kawerau shooting: Victims 'targeted by group'

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An armed policeman at an address in Valley Rd, Kawerau this morning. Photo / Lani Hepi
An armed policeman at an address in Valley Rd, Kawerau this morning. Photo / Lani Hepi

Police are speaking with a man in relation to a double shooting in Kawerau this morning, but say members of the community hold crucial information about the investigation.

Two men, aged 38 and 48, are in critical condition after being shot in what police described as a targeted attack at a River Road property about 6.15am.

They were undergoing surgery for their injuries at Waikato Hospital.

A dark-coloured sedan was seen leaving the scene of the shooting and police were seeking information to identify and find the vehicle.

About 9.45am police were also called to a property on Valley Rd after reports of a man with a gun.

It was understood a man from the property was later questioned by police and he was now helping with their enquiries.

Acting Area Commander Greg Standen said indications were that the two men were targeted by a group of people.

"We have nothing to suggest that there are fears for anyone else's safety at this stage. I want to reassure the community that we are across this incident; we have a large number of staff in the area and are confident that with the hard work of our team and the assistance from the public we can move towards an early resolution."

A cordon remained in place around the River Road address while a scene examination was being undertaken.

The scene in River Rd, Kawerau this morning. Photo / Lani Hepi
The scene in River Rd, Kawerau this morning. Photo / Lani Hepi

That cordon was expected to be in place for at least the rest of the day.

The Hamilton-based Westpac Waikato Air Ambulance and the Tauranga-based TECT Rescue Helicopter were called to the scene.

Staff from the TECT Rescue Helicopter said the 38-year-old received critical chest injuries, and the 48-year-old was in a critical condition with abdominal injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kawerau Police on 07 308 5255. Information can be also be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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