A man has been arrested and three weapons seized after reports of gunfire in Napier last night, while police are yet to determine if another man will face charges, following the alleged kidnapping of a baby in Hastings.
Roads were blocked off and a building secured by armed officers in the industrial area of Onekawa about 6pm, when a nearby business owner rang in what he thought may have been the sound of gun shots.
When police arrived they narrowed their search to an upstairs apartment from which a man, understood to be in his 20s, was allegedly firing through an open window.
"It was a business with a residential premises at the rear, that premises was the subject of our attention, road closures were set up to make it safer for the public, " Hawke's Bay Police Sergeant Steve Murray said.
Once inside the apartment they recovered three firearms, believed to be air guns, and the man was taken into custody.
Mr Murray said charges were likely under the Firearms Act, adding that it was difficult to tell what the man's target may have been as it was dark when they arrived.
"Any firearm that's discharged in a built up area is unusual, and we certainly don't condone that kind of behaviour.
"The fact it was in an industrial area means there were not a lot of members of the public around, it would have been different in a built up area."
In the second incident, a 32-year-old man is alleged to have kidnapped a baby after a domestic dispute at a Hastings address, yesterday morning.
The man was a Mongrel Mob member from Napier and police said it was alleged he assaulted a woman at a house in Pakowhai Rd just before 11am yesterday. He then drove off from the property with his 10-month-old son.
Police began chasing the man on Elwood Rd. He then drove through an orchard and on towards Whakatu, where he abandoned the car on Ngaruroro Ave. He fled on foot with the baby as roadblocks were set up at the entrances to Whakatu. People out walking were told to head back into their homes while a police dog squad was dispatched.
Dogs tracked through several properties in the area looking for the pair. In the interim, the man had gone into a local kohanga reo and persuaded a woman there to give him a ride to Napier.
But her car was stopped by police at a roadblock on the corner of Station Rd and Ngaruroro Ave. Both man and baby were in the vehicle and the female driver was unaware of events which had just taken place. The man was arrested without incident.
While the baby was returned to his mother after getting the all clear from a doctor.
Early media reports that the man was using methamphetamine were incorrect. Neither the Armed Offenders Squad or other armed police were involved in the incident.